Hamilton learns little from opening day
18 April 2014 – Lewis Hamilton says he learned little from the opening day of practice for the Chinese Grand Prix, despite setting the pace.
The Mercedes driver bounced back from a suspension problem in the closing stages of the day's first session to lead the way in the afternoon, eclipsing Ferrari rival Fernando Alonso by a margin of 0.141 seconds.
But he is yet to feel comfortable behind the wheel at the Shanghai circuit, leaving him cautious over his chances as the weekend develops.
"Not much to be honest," Hamilton explained, when asked what he had learned from his early running. "It's not been the easiest of days. Obviously we're not that bad but you always want to be better.
"We're going to work hard tonight to try to find some improvements to the set-up."
He added: "It just puts you on the back foot as you don't have many laps as it is. Usually in P1 you'll make a set-up change, go out and test it when you get the fresher tyres and then you'll do a longer run on that set.
"For us we lost a bit of time but it's OK. It's not the first time, so we'll fix whatever problems we have tonight."
Hamilton's team-mate, Nico Rosberg, ended the day third quickest, just over four tenths off the pace.