• Korean Grand Prix - FP2

Hamilton buoyed by McLaren pace

ESPNF1 Staff
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Only Lewis Hamilton's team-mate Jenson Button could get within 1.7s of his time in FP2 © Sutton Images

Lewis Hamilton says McLaren has a quick car in both the wet and the dry following Friday practice for the Korean Grand Prix.

Hamilton set the fastest time of the day when he topped the standings in FP2 as McLaren dominated on a wet track following morning rain. The first session saw little running as teams expect dry conditions throughout the rest of the weekend, and Hamilton admitted that little had been learned that would be relevant to the race, but that it was good to know the car was quick in the wet.

"Today's times don't really give us a relevant read on pace and set-up, particularly as I hear that the weather will be better for the next two days," Hamilton said. "Still, if it rains on Sunday then I think we're in a good position - which is a positive."

Despite the lack of dry running, Hamilton said that he feels the car is inherently quick enough to challenge for pole position.

"It would be great to get the pole here tomorrow: it's difficult to read too much into today's times - the lap on slicks at the end was impossible - but I think we are quick, the car is good and Jenson showed at the last race that we can be very competitive. So I have no doubt that we'll be able to challenge the Red Bulls in qualifying. I think we'll get a much better feel for things tomorrow."