Hamilton: Belgium was “one of our strongest Fridays so far”

Lewis Hamilton described the first day of the Belgium Grand Prix weekend as “our [Mercedes] strongest Fridays so far.”
After comprehensively topping the second free practice session for this weekend’s Belgium Grand Prix, Mercedes AMG’s Lewis Hamilton has told media that he believes the first day of running “felt like one of our strongest Fridays so far this season.”

With two ninety minute practice sessions in store, Hamilton performed extremely well in both, coming home in 2nd and 1st respectively.

“The car felt strong all-round straight out of the box,” Hamilton admitted. His pace backs this claim up; even on a harder set of tyres, Hamilton was just 0.053s off Kimi Raikkonen’s session-topping time in FP1.

Hamilton was the most consistently quick driver over the two ninety minute practice sessions on Friday of the Belgium Grand Prix.

“It looks tight at the top on the long-run pace,” Hamilton conceded. Sebastian Vettel was the man to beat with long run pace after he set an average lap time (on ultrasofts) which was seven tenths quicker than that of Hamilton.

It doesn’t seem to have flustered Hamilton, though, as he told media, “weโ€™ve started the weekend in the best way possible.”

Sebastian Vettel, who currently leads Hamilton by 14 points in the World Championship, wasn’t quite so impressed with his day, saying, “I am not entirely happy but overall I think the car is ok.”

The one-lap pace for Ferrari was inferior to Hamilton in FP2; Vettel himself could only manage a meager P6 finish behind Max Verstappen.

“We just need to put a little bit more together,” Vettel said.

Both competitors will return to the track for one final 60 minute practice session at 11am local time.


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Steven Walton is an 18-year-old Journalism Student at the Ara Institute of Canterbury. He previously attended St Andrew's College in Christchurch, where he excelled at History and Classical Studies. Steven is the Editor-in-Chief at Green Flag F1 and spends most of his days living, breathing, and immersing in the Formula 1 world.

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