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As witnessed by all in Singapore on Friday, the McLaren appears to be the best car for overall handling. That viewpoint appeared to be shared by Lewis Hamilton, even though Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel had locked out the pair of 90-minute practice sessions.
As confirmed during the second session, when Mark Webber out-paced Hamilton despite the latter running Super Soft tyres at the time, the silver car was carrying a heavier fuel load.
“Our car has quite a nice balance but we still need to make some further setup changes,” the 2008 Champion said in the paddock. “It’s tough in these temperatures, especially on the long runs, but to be honest I think everyone’s struggling a bit too. “In FP2, I ran a bit wide at the final corner on my fastest lap and probably lost about half a second.
“My race pace didn’t feel great from inside the cockpit, but my engineers tell me it was quite promising. The track should also rubber-in by tomorrow, so tyre degradation should be less of an issue. We’re in the top five, but it’ll be a very tight battle for pole position tomorrow.”
Hamilton clinched pole position and victory in Singapore three years ago.
|1.||S. Vettel||Red Bull||01:48.340||27|
|4.||M. Webber||Red Bull||01:48.964||26|
|6.||P. di Resta||Force India||01:49.300||30|
|7.||N. Hulkenberg||Force India||01:49.339||32|
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