Hamilton: Mercedes not yet fast enough
6 September 2013 – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton claims the team has plenty of work to do if it is to challenge practice pace-setters Red Bull during Saturday's qualifying hour at Monza.
Despite admitting to one of his best opening days in recent events, Hamilton wound up 0.887 seconds off the ultimate pace, with reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel producing a rapid effort in the afternoon to move comfortably clear of the field.
And although the Briton's car balance is better than initially anticipated after his pre-race braking fears, he says a series of overnight set-up changes are required.
"The car feels pretty good here," said Hamilton, who topped the morning session. "The balance is reasonable and we've had a pretty smooth day, better than our recent Fridays in fact. But although we're quite competitive, we're not quick enough yet and will have to work hard tonight to see where we can make some improvements.
"We don't know what fuel loads the other teams are on so we'll have to wait and see. But there is a bit of work for us to do if we want to compete right at the front tomorrow."
Nico Rosberg classified seventh in the sister Mercedes, the German clocking a personal best time 27 thousandths of a second slower than team-mate Hamilton.