Hamilton skeptical after difficult Friday at Spa

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Lewis Hamilton has been left frustrated after a difficult day of practice sessions at Spa-Francorchamps ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend.

The Mercedes driver, who claimed his first win for the German team last time out in Hungary, could only finish fifteenth and twelfth in FP1 and FP2 respectively as the team focused on long-run pace for the race on Sunday. However, Hamilton admitted that he was expecting far more from the Friday sessions.

“It’s not particularly been a tough day, it’s just not been a good day,” Hamilton explained.

Wet weather meant that most of the first free practice session was lost, and the Briton explained how this only complicated matters further.

“The weather this morning hampered everyone a little bit. I don’t feel that we started off on the right foot. We need to make some changes this evening but we still have time. At the moment it’s a long way off, but we’ll find the time.”

Hamilton also rejected any notions suggesting that Mercedes were hiding their pace during Friday practice this season.

“It’s not the case, we’re just usually lost on Friday and find our way on Saturday.”

The British driver has one Belgian Grand Prix victory to his name, taming the tricky conditions in 2010 to claim victory. If he were to win this weekend, it may keep his slim hopes of winning the championship alive, but it would take a remarkable turnaround to see Sebastian Vettel relinquish his 38 point lead at the top.

Toro Rosso boss hopes to see Kvyat return to Formula 1

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Toro Rosso chief Franz Tost hopes to see sacked driver Daniil Kvyat return to Formula 1 in the near future, saying the Russian “deserves” a place on the grid.

Toro Rosso dropped Kvyat twice through the 2017 season due to poor form, with his final dismissal coming after the United States Grand Prix in October.

Kvyat is no longer part of Red Bull’s motorsport program and is exploring options both inside and outside of F1 for 2018, and Tost feels he could be energized by some time away before returning.

“I am still convinced that Daniil has a very high natural speed. He was sometimes even faster than Daniel Riccardo, but somehow last year and this year he couldn’t show the potential that is within him,” Tost told the official F1 website.

“He was involved in many incidents, but in his defence I also have to say that he had many reliability issues and that didn’t help build up confidence. Being the victim of too many incidents killed the performance he would have been able to show.

“Maybe a short break – to get organized again – and probably we will see Daniil back at his usual performance level with another team.

“Sometimes he was too aggressive at the beginning of the race. The first corner was his weak point. He wanted too much in the first hundred meters – success by any means!

“That puts you under pressure – unnecessary pressure – and that never works.

“I hope for him that he gets another chance, as I think he deserves to be in F1.”