McLaren feeling positive after strong Friday
23 November 2012 – Lewis Hamilton was pleased with both short and long-run pace after topping both Friday practice sessions for the Brazilian Grand Prix. Only five days after taking the chequered flag in Texas, the 2008 World Champion is now aiming for one final McLaren victory.
“It’s been a positive first day – I hope we can maintain our form or even progress it tomorrow,” he reported. “We’re certainly looking strong, but this place can be so tough on tyres that it’s hard to make any accurate predictions at this stage. The track and ambient temperatures were so high today that it felt almost as though I was sliding around the track with the tyres melting! Having said that, our long runs are usually tougher on the tyres, but our long runs still looked quite good today.
“It’s great to have such a positive final Friday with the team – it’s been one of the best Fridays we’ve had for a long, long time, in fact. I’m savouring every moment of this weekend and I’ll be taking photographs of my engineers through each day.”
Jenson Button aimed for straight-line advantages with a low-downforce setup; he was fastest through the speed trap but lingered eight tenths of a second down on his team-mate.
“It was quite an interesting comparison but, in the hot weather, lower downforce makes things trickier because the car slides more, which hurts the tyres,” the Frome man explained. “Still, it was a useful test because we needed to see how well the smaller rear wing works.”
Button added that his pace was ‘surprisingly good’ with the new, smaller rear wing.