Hamilton struggles with ill-handling car
5 July 2013 – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has admitted that his car "felt a little off balance" during Friday afternoon's second free practice session for the German Grand Prix.
The Briton, who topped morning practice, fell back to eighth in the afternoon, ending the day almost a second adrift of pace-setter Sebastian Vettel. However, he is hopeful of making progress overnight and being back on form for Saturday's final session.
"This morning went pretty well and the car felt good, but then we made some changes which didn't quite work out for us this afternoon," Hamilton commented. "The car felt a little off balance during FP2 so we'll have a look into that overnight and probably backtrack on some of those changes. I'm sure we will be back on form for FP3."
On the other side of the Mercedes garage, Nico Rosberg ended the day second fastest, admitting that the new Kevlar-belted tyres have required set-up changes.
"It was an interesting day for us as we had to adapt to the new tyres," he said. "They are different and require a different set-up, so today was a good opportunity to learn something. We want to understand them quicker and better than the other teams. Generally it seems that we are quick again over one lap and the long run was not bad.
"It's difficult to predict where we are, as you never know exactly about the fuel levels. Also it's going to get warmer on Sunday; this could change the whole picture again."