Lewis Hamilton: “We were trying to navigate the best way we can”

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After two uneven Belgian Grand Prix free practice sessions, Lewis Hamilton says there’s still work to do ahead of Qualifying tomorrow.

Lewis Hamilton finished FP1 in P18, and FP2 in P3, behind Max Verstappen and his team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

During the first session the track was wet, which was causing problems for everyone, but in FP2 the track dried up. Hamilton says the team did the best they could do under the circumstances.

“We were trying to navigate the best way we can,” said the Briton.

“At least it was dry for FP2 so we got some laps in. But the car wasn’t quite underneath me today, so I’ve got to do some work tonight and try and figure that out.”

Lewis explains the team was trying out different downforce levels for the rear wing.

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“It’s a massively challenging circuit to try to find that balance. This morning, we had it one way. We changed it this afternoon. It was very, very similar.”

The seven-time champion also says the track itself was causing some trouble.

“It’s very bumpy now through Eau Rouge. Something’s happened and they kind of ruined it a little bit.

“There’s a massive bump right at the compression point which we’ve never had there before. It’s really, really sharp and you feel it on the backside.

“But I’m sure they’ll fix it, I think it has something to do the mudslides, or the rain,” concluded Hamilton.

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