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Saturday morning compromised - Hamilton

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Lewis Hamilton admits he will have to rectify his run plan for FP3 after a suspected oil pressure failure prevented him from completing a race simulation in Friday's second practice session.

Hamilton was P1 after the initial one-lap, low-fuel runs on the option tyre, but stopped on track shortly after emerging from the pits for his longer run. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said after the session it is believed to an issue with his oil pressure, but Hamilton is wary of what impact missing his race simulation will have on the weekend.

"It seems so, yeah," Hamilton said when asked if he felt he may have to win the title the hard way this year, a reference to the number of reliability issues he has suffered this year. "The car was feeling pretty good, I just missed the most important run. It happens, I don't know why it happens to my car so much but I really needed that. I can't keep stopping but we'll learn from these experiences.

"Whatever issues we had today, for me it's good just to drive in the long-run session. I lost a good 20 laps to find how the car feels on heavy fuel loads."

Hamilton says he is not expecting to gain anything from Nico Rosberg's long run data.

"The long run data doesn't really help you because we drive differently. It doesn't really help in understanding how the tyres are lasting, whether you need to put the car in more oversteer or understeer, whether you need to move the brake balance forwards or rearwards, which corners you want to lift and coast - all those different things, you don't get the practice.

"What I can do is probably compromise and change around some of my running tomorrow and see if I can get a bit of a long run. [Being at home] doesn't make any difference. I don't know how I'm overheating - whether its front or rears - how the diff settings should be. I'm a professional, so I'll do it.

Despite the issues he faced Hamilton believes there is plenty more he can extract from the Mercedes on Saturday.

"I was just getting comfortable, just taking my time really - there's plenty of time to come."

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