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Lewis Hamilton confident Mercedes ‘going right direction’

Moving forward: Lewis Hamilton has laid to rest the demons from his first outing when he suffered a rear brake failure that pitched him into a tyre barrier at Jerez a fortnight ago Photo: REUTERS Hamilton completed another productive day behind the wheel of the W04 for his new team on the second day of Formula One’s second pre-season test at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya. The 28-year-old comfortably topped the day’s lap charts with 121, with his best of 1min 22.726sec good enough for fourth fastest on a timesheet headed by his replacement at McLaren in Sergio Perez. Overall, in his last two days in the car, Hamilton has now clocked up 1,205 kilometres (748 miles), laying to rest the demons from his first outing when he suffered a rear brake failure that pitched him into a tyre barrier at Jerez a fortnight ago. Impressively, Hamilton’s time was set on the hard Pirelli compound, in contrast to Perez’s time of 1:21.848 on the softs. In between the duo were triple world champion Sebastian Vettel in his Red Bull, 0.349sec behind Perez, and Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen who was a further half a second down on the German, both on mediums. Overall, Hamilton is confident he and the team “are going in the right direction”. He added: “It’s so encouraging to see the amount of work that’s going in, to see the atmosphere there [at the factory] and how determined everyone is. “I’ve a great group of guys behind me. I’m sure they’ve been working hard over the years. “But I’ve only just arrived and immediately I see just a fantastic determination and effort going in. I hope it all pays off.” Whilst Pirelli are proving themselves to be as good as their word this year as they promised compounds would be half a second per lap quicker than those from last year, the high degradation is proving a concern for all drivers. Hamilton claims looking after the tyres “isn’t easy”, whilst Perez feels the wear is “a big surprise”, adding that “normally in testing we see a lot of degradation, but never this much”. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers….

Posted by admin 20 February 2013


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