Hamilton upbeat despite technical trouble
5 September 2014 – Lewis Hamilton remains confident over his Italian Grand Prix chances despite a troubled opening day at Monza.
The Mercedes driver topped Friday's first 90-minute session, but lost an hour of running in the afternoon due to an electrical fault.
While team-mate Nico Rosberg set the standard in FP2, Hamilton's morning effort was enough to put him atop the overall timesheets.
"I felt really good after the practice session this morning and we have definitely got a competitive car this weekend," Hamilton explained.
"We lost some track time this afternoon but the guys did a great job to get me back out. We made some changes over lunch and another during the session and, although I didn't have a lot of laps, the car feels great."
Having suffered qualifying issues in Belgium, Hungary and Germany, Hamilton is eager for a smooth Saturday.
"Hopefully I'll have the full [FP3] session and get some good running," he said. "Monza is quite an important circuit to put the car at the front as it's difficult to overtake. It would be great to have a trouble-free qualifying."