Hamilton: Friday a “work in progress” for Mercedes

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Lewis Hamilton has called his Friday practice programme in Singapore a “work in progress” despite finishing quickest in the second session at Marina Bay.

The British driver finished some 1.5 seconds clear of teammate and championship rival Nico Rosberg in FP2 on Friday evening, but explained to the media that he was uncomfortable with the changes made to his car between the two sessions.

“Today was a work in progress,” Hamilton said. “We made some changes between P1 and P2 and, whether it was those changes or the track itself, the balance didn’t feel right.

“It felt like we lost a bit of performance but we’ll look into the details and see what it was tonight. The long run was okay – I had a bit of traffic which wasn’t ideal, as when you back off to rebuild the gap the tires come back to you a bit which may not give an accurate picture of exactly how long they will last.”

Hamilton stressed the importance of starting the race on pole position, given that four of the six races held at Marina Bay have been won from P1 on the grid.

“Pole here has always been very important,” he said. “The right side of the grid, for example, always seems to get the better starts. Being up at the front will be crucial and that’s obviously my target for qualifying tomorrow.

“Nico looks very quick, as do the Ferraris and the Red Bulls, but I’m feeling good this weekend and I’m focused on the job. ”

Rosberg could only finish the second session down in 13th place, but he was unable to post a quick lap time on the super-soft tire following a red flag period. For the time being though, the advantage most certainly lies with Hamilton, and the Briton will be gunning to secure his sixth pole position of the season in Singapore tomorrow.