Hamilton satisfied with long run pace
23 May 2013 – Lewis Hamilton says he is satisfied with the long run pace Mercedes displayed in Monte-Carlo on Thursday, with the Briton working hard to resolve the significant tyre degradation issues that have hampered his team's efforts at recent Grands Prix.
Hamilton, who finished second to team-mate Nico Rosberg in the combined practice timesheets, said prior to the event that race simulations would still be the focus at the famous street venue, despite the importance of claiming a high starting position.
"Not a lot," Hamilton explained when asked how much time he spent working on qualifying runs. "We’re still trying to improve out long run pace. I had a fairly decent long run, so we’ll have to wait and see. I had a bit of graining but otherwise it was not bad. I have a little bit of work to do tomorrow and then I’ll look forward to Saturday."
Hamilton remains uncertain as to where Mercedes definitively stands in Monaco, but admits that the outfit has "good pace" to carry through the remainder of the weekend.
"I don’t know, some others are looking pretty quick," the 2008 World Champion explained. "I really couldn’t tell you but we’ve got good pace. It’s looking good."