• Singapore GP - FP2

Hamilton still not comfortable with car

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Lewis Hamilton says work is still needed ahead of qualifying to find a perfect balance for his Mercedes despite topping FP2 during a clean Friday at Marina Bay.

Hamilton was second in FP1 but jumped to the top of the screens for the second Friday session, though championship rival Nico Rosberg's clean run was compromised by a red flag. In both sessions Hamilton told Mercedes he was unhappy with the feel of his car, and he expects more to come on Saturday.

"I wasn't, but it was a work in progress," when asked if he felt comfortable by the end of FP2. "We had some changes between FP1 and FP2 and, I don't know if it was something with the track, but for example the balance was a lot harder to find.

"[A clean Friday] is probably a little bit more important at this circuit because it's so demanding on the tyres and the set-up. If you lose track time it's that confidence, it's very, very hard to get it back, so it was good to get a clean Friday with no problems and hopefully it continues for the next two days."

Though Hamilton always wants pole position he thinks it has added value this weekend at a Singapore circuit where overtaking opportunities are limited.

"It's been very, very important, for the start for example, the right side always gets better stars and it's impossible to pass. Getting to the front as always is going to be really important, that's the target. I feel good this weekend but Nico is very quick as well, and also the Red Bulls, we don't know where they'll be, plus Ferrari looks quite quick, but we just need to focus on our own job."

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