Lewis Hamilton: “It is a struggle out there, I think for everyone”

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After the French Grand Prix Friday’s free practice sessions, Lewis Hamilton says the feeling within the car in “not much different” to Monaco and Baku.

Lewis Hamilton finished FP1 in P2 and FP2 in P3, but ultimately he says the sessions were “quite troubled”.

During FP2 Lewis complained that “there’s something not right with the car”, and after the session he was asked to explain how the car felt.

“Not much different to be honest, even though the position is quite a bit different to Monaco and Baku,” said the Briton.

“[it’s] quite troubled this weekend, probably for everyone. I don’t know if it is the track surface or it is the temperature or these inflated tyres.

“They have put the pressures up higher than ever before, one of the highest, so it is difficult to say but we are all sliding around.

“It is a struggle out there, I think for everyone.”

Asked what could be done ahead of qualifying to improve the car, he added:

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“I am looking at every option, we have made lots of changes.

“We will probably do a lot of analysis again tonight with the hope that it’s going to be better tomorrow but we won’t know until we get back out tomorrow.

“But as I said, the times don’t look terrible, we were close up at the front so at least we are in the battle.”

Lewis was then asked if the team would be using medium tyres in Q2.

“They all feel pretty bad but I think the hard is the better feeling one because it seems quite a heavy-duty with the temperatures here so the softer you go the worse it feels.

“I would imagine the hard is going to be the one that most people can’t wait to get onto but I am not sure which tyre is quickest.

“The soft tyre seems to run out halfway through the lap and then the medium tyre I think is a little bit more resilient, but it doesn’t give you a huge amount of grip so we shall see,” concluded Hamilton.

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