Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton has shared his impressions from the start of the racing weekend of the Grand Prix of Russia.
At the end of the day a Brit showed only the fourth time, 0.7 seconds behind leader Sebastian Vettel.
“A very difficult day for us – commented Hamilton. – We managed to accomplish all that was planned. But as for the balance, on a long series of laps the Ferrari seems very, very fast. So we need to think how to improve our pace. However, the weekend has just begun.
There are some problems in operation of the tire, so it’s easy to go beyond the temperature window. But when they work, all right.”
Hamilton’s team-mate on the team, Valtteri Bottas finished the day in third place, behind Vettel 0,670 seconds.
“We studied the behavior of tyres on long and short series of circles. I think we have more work to do in order to get the maximum from Ultrasoft on one fast lap. But, of course, do not forget about the race – said Bottas. We started the race weekend. I’m happy with the balance of the car, but in qualifying we need to improve”.
Live text commentary from the second training the Grand Prix of Russia with the photos and videos you can view on our website.
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