If you watched FP1, you should have seen the mixed conditions that appeared on it. The track was full of standing water and some of the drivers didn’t even come out to set a lap-time. One of these drivers was the reigning champion, Lewis Hamilton. But his team-mate finished second-fastest in the morning session with a time of 1:16.693, being 0.551 seconds slower than Alex Albon (P1). In the evening session, Lewis Hamilton finished on P5 with a bet lap-time of 1:09.440 and his team-mate, Valtteri Bottas, finished a place higher that the British, with a best lap-time of 1:09.373. The Ferraris dominated this last practice session and the Mercedes were slower than them. Valtteri was 0.156 seconds slower that Vettel (P1), while Lewis was 0.223 seconds slower. Here are some statements that Lewis did after both practice sessions.
“I didn’t really go out in the first session when the track was wet. The afternoon session was nice and smooth, we started on a good baseline and made a couple of adjustments in the short space of time that we had in that session. We will do more work tonight to refine the car which is going to be quite crucial as we only really have two sessions to get it right for qualifying, so it’s compacted a little more and we need to be a little bit more precise with the changes that we make. But we started off on the right foot, so we should be ok to progress forward,” Said the British driver.
As we can see, Lewis seems to be very confident with his team and with his car, even though the Ferraris were dominating the whole practice sessions, the British hopes his car will get in the point of fighting for pole tomorrow. Another good thing that Mercedes has is that there will be only one Ferrari to beat on qualifying because Charles will get a grid penalty for changing his power unit. Who will get pole tomorrow?