Car got worse in FP2, says Hamilton
20 September 2013 – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton says the handling of his car detiorated between the opening pair of practice sessions for the Singapore Grand Prix on Friday evening.
The Briton, who comfortably topped the first session, took fourth behind team-mate Nico Rosberg in the fully floodlit outing, with the pair finishing more than a second adrift of pace-setting Red Bull rival Sebastian Vettel on the combined results.
"It wasn't the perfect Friday for us but we got on with our programme and know where we have to make improvements," said Hamilton. "The balance of the car felt really good in P1 but it definitely went away from us in P2. There is a lot of work to do this evening but we're used to that on a Friday night and will just get on with it and focus on our car and performance."
Hamilton went on to explain that he is targeting a front row start during tomorrow's qualifying hour, but admits it will be difficult to get on terms with the Red Bull duo.
"It's so difficult to overtake around at this circuit that you want to qualify as high up as possible and, of course, aim for the front row but that will be tough," Hamilton, who won the Grand Prix for his former McLaren squad back in 2009, summed up.