Hamilton: Stoppage won't impact weekend
4 July 2014 – Lewis Hamilton has downplayed fears that missing the final half hour of Friday's second practice session could have a negative impact on his race weekend at the British Grand Prix.
Hamilton set the fastest time during the second session but his Mercedes W05 Hybrid crawled to a halt due to an engine problem with 30 minutes of track time remaining.
"The car felt pretty good here today but unfortunately I lost my most important run of the day this afternoon when I stopped out on track with an engine problem," he said.
"We haven't identified what the issue was yet but it shouldn't impact the rest of my weekend. We will change my programme around tomorrow morning to try and recover the time that I lost and make sure that I can complete my race preparation with a long run. It's not ideal but we'll recover!"
Nico Rosberg was second quickest behind his team-mate and is sure he has a strong package for the remainder of the weekend.
"That was a very productive day and the car felt really great so I'm feeling quite confident for the weekend," he said.
"We seem to be very quick here and my long run at the end of the afternoon was very good. The conditions were quite tricky out with a lot of tail wind which made it really difficult to find the right braking point at some of the corners."