Lewis Hamilton: “I think I’ve probably lost three kilos today”

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After Mercedes topped the Hungarian Grand Prix second free practice, Lewis Hamilton gave his thoughts on “roasting” hot Friday’s sessions.

Hamilton finished FP2 in P2, 0.027s behind team-mate Valtteri Bottas. So far so good.

“[It was] roasting today,” the Briton said.

“I’ve lost a lot of weight. I think I’ve probably lost three kilos today between the sessions so a good amount of weight loss.

“We’re just melting the tyres out there so it’s quite hard to get the balance. It’s quite different to the last race we were at. A lot of people, I think everyone, has been struggling with the front tyres.

“They’re a different beast this year and it’s different at each race you go to so that’s been an interesting process trying to understand those better.”

Although Mercedes has been struggling with tyre wear in the heat throughout the season, it seems that on this track it is a problem for everyone.

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“Considering it doesn’t really feel great out there in terms of the grip is poor, there is a lot of sliding around because we are just overheating already when we leave the pit lane.

“But everyone is in the same boat there. But to see Valtteri and I both on the front row pace-wise, I think is great for the team and we’ll only improve on that.”

The weather forecast says this weekend in Hungary could be rainy, but Lewis says this is not something the team can prepare for.

“You can’t plan for the rain on a hot day like this. You can’t set the car up soft for the rain because it’s quite unpredictable.

“So you just try to get the car in the best place you can and try to understand the tyres as much as you can.

“There’s not a huge difference between the setups anyway so we’ll set the car up as much as we can for a dry qualifying and if it rains then it rains,” concluded the seven-time champion.

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