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Hamilton 'not happy' with FP3 changes

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Lewis Hamilton was quickest in both FP1 and FP3 in China © Getty Images
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Lewis Hamilton was unhappy with changes made to his car on Saturday morning despite setting the fastest time of FP3.

Hamilton was quickest from his team-mate Jenson Button by 0.123s as McLaren had a cushion of 0.3s over the rest of the field. Having set the fastest time in FP1 as well, Hamilton seems well set in his car but team principal Martin Whitmarsh revealed that he hadn't been happy with the McLaren during FP3 and would be switching back to Friday's setup.

"Actually Lewis wasn't happy with the changes made to his car so I think we'll be reverting to where we were yesterday but I think certainly Jenson will have been happier, a bit more balanced and a reasonable morning," Whitmarsh told Sky Sports. "I think he felt we went slightly the wrong way, but that's good to know. If he can still do that (be quickest) when we went the wrong way now we'll revert to yesterday's settings hopefully he'll be a bit quicker this afternoon."

Whitmarsh also confirmed that Hamilton would be aiming for pole position in qualifying despite facing a five-place grid penalty.

"I don't know any other tactical genius way of doing it to be honest! Once you've got a five-place hit it's a five-place hit unfortunately. We'll try and put him on notional pole and if we can do that then he starts from sixth, and if we've got a quick race car - I think we had good long-run pace yesterday - you can overtake here, hopefully he can still win from there."