Hamilton pleased to be making progress in India

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Lewis Hamilton is pleased to have made progress ahead of the Indian Grand Prix at Buddh International Circuit today, although he has raised concerns about the degradation of tires during practice.

The British driver is aiming to win his second race of the season this weekend, although any victory would be overshadowed by the likely coronation of Sebastian Vettel as a four-time world champion. However, after finishing fourth and fifth in the sessions on Friday, Hamilton believes that he is in a good position.

“We made some good progress over the two practice sessions today,” Hamilton said. “This morning wasn’t so good but we completed a lot of laps this afternoon and made some good progress. It’s difficult to get the set-up right here and this circuit is pretty tough on the tires so I think everyone was struggling with the soft compound.”

Hamilton inferred that Red Bull may be out of reach this weekend following the defending world champions’ domination of practice on Friday, but he is still hopeful of pushing them all the way.

“Our car feels pretty good at this early stage but there are definitely some areas we can improve overnight,” the Briton said. “We’re working towards a strong qualifying performance tomorrow afternoon, ideally on the second row, and then hopefully a place on the podium, that would be nice.”

The Mercedes driver will be looking to finish on the podium for the first time in India, having finished seventh in 2011 and fourth in last year’s race.