Lewis Hamilton has said that he is “very happy” with his Friday running after topping both sessions. The Brit narrowly edged out Sebastian Vettel in first practice before retaining his advantage in the afternoon session.
Hamilton has previously struggled in the second practice session but felt that, for a change, it went well. He completed 51 laps over the course of the day. Speaking in a team statement after practice he said: “I was very happy with how the sessions went today and it’s the first time I can remember that second practice has really gone well for me. We haven’t changed anything but the day just went smoothly and all the processes with the team worked well.”
The 28-year-old is a fan of the circuit and it’s three distinct sectors: “I love this track: it was clean from the start, it provides good racing on Sunday afternoon and it just gets harder and harder through the lap. You have the first sector which is good for overtaking, then you get more and more corners coming at you and those final two sectors are all about precision. You need a good downforce package, too, and the car is feeling good.”
Despite setting the fastest time in both sessions, he still feels that improvements can be made ahead of FP3 and qualifying: “We can still make improvements overnight, and I have some things I want to do with the set-up, but it’s been a good start for us.”
Team-mate Nico Rosberg set the fourth fastest time in the morning session before climbing to third in the final 90 minute session of the day. Sharing his thoughts on his Friday programme he said: “The track is really great and the small changes that have been made this year are good improvements, especially the pit exit which is now much better. Generally it seems that we had a good day but Red Bull is always very hard to beat. We were quite close to them today and I hope this will continue the whole weekend.”
Looking ahead to the third and final practice session on Saturday morning he said: “My only concern after the long runs was graining on the front tyres, which is something we need to work on tonight and watch out for. We have brought also some new bits and pieces to Korea which are working well and leaves me optimistic for a strong result this weekend.”
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