• Monaco Grand Prix - FP2

Hamilton admits need to improve one-lap pace

ESPN Staff
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Lewis Hamilton was beaten by Nico Rosberg in both sessions on Thursday © Getty Images
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Lewis Hamilton says he needs to improve his one-lap pace if he is to challenge his team-mate Nico Rosberg for pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Rosberg set the fastest time in both of the practice sessions on Thursday, with Hamilton a quarter of a second off the pace in FP1 and 0.3s slower than Rosberg in FP2. Hamilton said he felt he'd had an encouraging day but that he needed to look at ways of finding more pace over one lap in time for qualifying on Saturday.

"It was pretty good I've just got to improve my one lap pace," Hamilton said. "A bit from me and a bit from the balance of the car.

"The car is almost there and the pace looks good so we'll look at the data tonight and work on those areas which can still be improved before the weekend."

Hamilton was more upbeat than Rosberg when it came to his long run pace, however, with Rosberg still saying Mercedes has problems.

"I don't really have any issues to be honest; I've just been focusing on the long runs which seemed to go pretty well. So there's some improvement to do because on the long run I had a bit of understeer but otherwise it's OK."