Lewis Hamilton believes that he has plenty of work to do overnight if he is to make up the gap to Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg following the first two practice sessions for the Belgian Grand Prix.
Hamilton trailed Rosberg in both FP1 and FP2 at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on Friday despite seeing his teammate suffer a loss of power and a tire failure in the respective sessions.
The Briton admitted earlier this week that Spa is not one of his favorite circuits, but he felt satisfied with his work during practice.
“Today was generally a good day – no problems with my car, great weather and a lot of fun out on track,” Hamilton said.
“It’s not often it stays dry here and that makes it even more enjoyable with the way the track flows through great corners like Eau Rouge. It was great to be back out there. The car felt good and it felt very natural to be straight back to business which is a positive sign.
“Nico is very quick so I have some work to do tonight to see where I can find some time. Ferrari and Red Bull also look closer here than they have at past weekends, so it’ll be a close run thing and we’ll need to be up for the fight.”
The cause of Rosberg’s tire failure is currently being investigated by Mercedes and Pirelli, but Hamilton does not have any concerns about the compounds that have been supplied at Spa.
“What happened towards the end of P2 with Nico obviously wasn’t good but luckily he’s unhurt and of course the team will be looking into it with Pirelli,” Hamilton said.
“I have no concerns, though. You have to have trust in the car and in the tires to go out there and push, so it’s not something you think about.”
You can watch qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix live on CNBC and Live Extra from 8am ET on Saturday.