• Canadian Grand Prix - FP2

Hamilton wary of Ferrari's pace

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Lewis Hamilton said he did not hook a perfect lap despite going fastest on Friday © Press Association
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Lewis Hamilton is keeping an eye on the Ferraris ahead of qualifying at the Canadian Grand Prix after Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa lined up second and third fastest behind him in Friday practice.

Hamilton set the pace in both Friday sessions, but said success in Sunday's race would be heavily influenced by tyre strategy - an area in which he suspects Ferrari will be strong.

"I think qualifying looks like it's going to be very close and you've got the Ferraris that look like they're going to be very quick," he said. "Their tyre degradation seems to be better, at least it was at the last race, so I'll be keeping an eye out for them. It looks again like it could be another one-stop race like it was at the last race; my tyres I think did well over 30 laps so it will be interesting."

But Hamilton, who was 0.054s faster than Alonso in second practice, said he could have gone at least a couple of tenths faster with a clean lap.

"I was out there pushing for quite some time on the option tyre and it's very difficult to put all the sectors together. Sometimes I went a little bit quicker in one sector but then lost it in the next sector so I tried to stay out. And on my last lap I kept asking if I could have one more lap and eventually I did get a good start to the lap and then the red flag came out. But I was a good couple of tenths up by then so that's positive for us."