Lewis Hamilton: “It’s the best I’ve felt from a Friday this year”

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Lewis Hamilton says Singapore Grand Prix FP2 “was for sure the best FP2 session I’ve had this year”, and adds Mercedes has “a good platform to build off for the rest of the weekend”.

After the Singapore Grand Prix Free Practice 1 and 2, Lewis Hamilton was very happy with how his car felt.

“It’s been a great day here in Singapore,” the Briton said.

“They have done an amazing job with the track changes; I love driving this circuit now more than ever. The new track surface is great, and it made the track even more enjoyable to drive.

“Then the removal of the four corners near the end of the lap has absolutely perfected the circuit. It’s incredible to drive.

“In terms of our day overall, FP1 was solid. We were still a little bit of where we wanted to be, but it wasn’t too bad.

“FP2 was for sure the best FP2 session I’ve had this year. It was nice to finish a Friday feeling so positive.  I think we’ve got a good platform to build off for the rest of the weekend.

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“It’s the best I’ve felt from a Friday this year, so I hope we can do some good work overnight, as we always tend to do, and continue to improve,” Hamilton concluded.

His team-mate George Russell agrees that Mercedes can be optimistic for the rest of the weekend.

“It was a very positive Friday for us overall,” Russell said.

“The car is feeling really good around the circuit. It definitely improved in the cooler temperatures of FP2 but equally, it still felt decent in the slightly unrepresentative conditions of FP1.

“The times were very tight between several cars. Ferrari looked quick, particularly on the single lap.

“The long run performance across a number of competitors was also strong but we can be optimistic heading into the weekend.

“We will do our usual work overnight and hopefully find some improvements heading into Saturday,” he concluded.

Although things are looking good for Mercedes at this moment, the team’s Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin warns a lot of cars are expected to be in the fight for pole.

“Ferrari looked fast, as do McLaren and Aston Martin and unusually Red Bull didn’t look like the ones to beat,” Shovlin said.

“We’ll assume that they’ll sort that out for tomorrow, which is going to mean that a lot of drivers are fighting for the top grid spots.

“It’s clearly very close so we’ll be pushing to find every little bit of pace overnight.

“We’re looking forward to an exciting qualifying session tomorrow,” he concluded.

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