• Chinese Grand Prix - FP2

McLaren still short of full potential - Hamilton

ESPNF1 Staff
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Lewis Hamilton believes there is more time to be found in the McLaren package © Getty Images

Lewis Hamilton is confident there are quicker lap times to be found from the McLaren after finishing Friday practice for the Chinese Grand Prix second but slightly unsatisfied.

Hamilton clocked a time 0.166 seconds off pacesetter Sebastian Vettel as McLaren brought a raft of upgrades to the car to close the gap to Red Bull. Hamilton said his quick lap had been a good one, but indicated that the car was still short of its true potential.

"It's been a busy day today," he said. "The car wasn't too bad at the end of this afternoon's session - and I was able to get a decent lap time despite not feeling totally comfortable with the car.

"We've been struggling a little bit with the set-up. It doesn't feel like the car's performing in all the areas we expected: we need to see whether the issue with the car's balance is down to the upgrade or just an unsatisfactory set-up."

Overall he believes McLaren has made an improvement in the short one-week gap since the last grand prix in Malaysia.

"It does feel like we've found some further improvements since Malaysia, and we'll spend this evening looking at what elements of the new package we choose to take forward into the rest of the weekend."