Hamilton upbeat despite Friday struggles
23 August 2013 – Lewis Hamilton is entering the second day of the Belgian Grand Prix weekend in a positive frame of mind, despite struggling with the balance of his car on Friday.
Following a rain-affected start to proceedings at the Spa-Francorchamps venue, Hamilton ended the afternoon session back in 12th position, 1.420 seconds slower than overall pace-setter and current championship leader Sebastian Vettel.
However, with a series of overnight changes planned, the Hungaroring winner is hopeful of being in a strong position when qualifying arrives tomorrow afternoon.
"We have some work ahead of us this evening to get the car feeling just right but overall today was a reasonable start to the weekend," said Hamilton. "The car feels very different here with the low downforce set-up, compared to the last race, and we need to refine a few areas to get the balance sorted.
"We were able to get some good long run work done today and that's the most important thing for the race. We've got time to make the changes required so I'm optimistic that tomorrow will see an improvement."
In the sister Mercedes, Nico Rosberg finished ninth on the combined timesheets.