• Korean Grand Prix - FP2

McLaren drivers upbeat after Friday practice

ESPNF1 Staff
October 22, 2010 « A fun Friday for Vettel | »
Lewis Hamilton leads Jenson Button in Korea © Getty Images

Lewis Hamilton said he felt McLaren had a car that worked well around the new Yeongam circuit after he finished third fastest in Friday's free practice for the Korean Grand Prix.

Hamilton, who was quickest in first practice, said that once the conditions settled down he found his McLaren car to be quick in most areas, particularly the long straight and sectors two and three.

"This morning, the track was extremely dusty, so all the drivers were sliding around quite a lot. But the track evolution throughout the day has been quite dramatic, so the track is looking quite good now, even if there's still plenty of dust off-line," said Hamilton.

"We look to be quick along the straights, and we seem to be competitive in the second and third sectors too, which is encouraging. The track is very fast - and you need a good car around here, which I feel we've got."

Despite losing some track time in the afternoon, team-mate Jenson Button echoed Hamilton's thoughts in the way the McLaren handled around the new circuit.

"Our car has been performing pretty well here and I've been enjoying the circuit - it's fun and flowing," said Button. "While the track was pretty tricky initially because it was quite slippery, I felt like we got to grips with it quite quickly. There's just a lot of dust, that's the only problem.

"We're very strong in the first sector, which I guess people expected, but we're also pretty strong in the other sectors, which is encouraging for us. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the weekend, in fact."