• Singapore Grand Prix - FP2

Front row will be tough - Hamilton

ESPN Staff
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Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton has admitted a front row grid position will be tough after Red Bull dominated Friday practice at the Singapore Grand Prix.

It looked as though Mercedes might take the fight to Red Bull in the first practice session, but when the super-soft tyres were used in the second night session, Sebastian Vettel was a second clear of the rest of the field. Hamilton said he struggled in second practice and played down the chances of aiming for pole position on Saturday.

"It wasn't the perfect Friday for us but we got on with our programme and know where we have to make improvements for tomorrow," he said. "The balance of the car felt really good in P1 but it definitely went away from us in P2. There is a lot of work to do this evening but we're used to that on a Friday night and will just get on with it and focus on our car and performance. It's so difficult to overtake around at this circuit that you want to qualify as high up as possible and, of course, aim for the front row but that will be tough."

Team principal Ross Brawn was more optimistic: "It's hard to know exactly where we stand because there is a high lap time effect for running extra fuel at this circuit, so that can mix the field somewhat. The car seemed reasonably consistent today which has given us a good platform to work from tomorrow."