Lewis Hamilton said ready for a "killer" race in Spanish Grand Prix


Lewis Hamilton said he was ready for a "killer" race in Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix after bouncing back to top the days before his team-mate Valtteri Bottas as Mercedes dominated Friday's practice for the Spanish Grand Prix. The championship leader said the searing heat during the afternoon session had been tough to endure, but was happy his car had survived with none serious problems. He don't thinkwent to Spain when it's this hot. They were here in Feb & March usually, or early May.

Beautiful weather, but it was a killer within the car and obviously very tough on tyres also ."

The six-time world champion Lewis had been 2nd behind Bottas after the morning's opening session, but re-established his stand on a hot afternoon at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Hamilton clocked a best lap in 1 min and 16.883 seconds to outspace Bottas by 0.287 seconds with Max Verstappen,  winner of last weekend's 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone, third for Red Bull,8-10ths adrift of the fastest lap.

In much hotter conditions than those of the morning, with an air temperature 30 deg C and therefore the track at almost 50, the 2 Mercedes enjoyed a crushty advantage over their rivals.

'Hottest here'

"It seems like things are going to be very exciting with Red Bull over the long distance," said Hamilton, pertaining to the race.

"It will therefore be a very exciting race, I think.

"It's definitely quite tough out there. it is the hottest that it's been for us here."

Despite the warmth , he said he was generally satisfied.

"It's been an honest day - the second session was better on behalf of me . The long runs we glance very close with the Red Bulls so i feel it's getting to be a really close race.

"The tyres aren't happy in these conditions so you're just sliding around with overheated tyres. I didn't see any blistering, but we didn't see blistering last Friday either so i actually can't say an excessive amount of ."

Bottas, keen to regain lost ground after slipping to 3rd behind Verstappen within the title race last Sunday, was also ambiguous about his prospects.

"I didn't have a nasty feeling within the car," he said.

"I struggled with slightly of under-steer at the beginning of the session, but that's normally a quick fix with the car set-up, but it had been quite lot by the top ."

Verstappen was similarly unconvinced that anything meaningful had been revealed on Friday.

"The car was ok on one lap," said the Lewis.

"We are using all of the toughest obstacles and it's manageable. we might have liked to possess a softer tyre, but they are not here this weekend.

Mercedes racer in no time on one lap in qualifying, but let's examine what their race pace is like on Sunday. i feel it's getting to be very different to last week at Silverstone."

Daniel Ricciardo was fourth for Renault before Romain Grosjean of Haas who outpaced Charles Leclerc, who was sixth for Ferrari.
Verstappen racer was although unconvinced that anything meaningful had been revealed on Friday.

That car was ok on one lap," said the Dutchman.

They were using all of the toughest obstacles and it's manageable. we might have liked to possess a softer tyre, but they are not here this weekend.

"Mercedes car in no time on one lap in qualifying, but let's examine what their pace is like on Sunday. i feel it's getting to be very different to last week at Silverstone."
Daniel Ricciardo was fourth for Renault before Romain Grosjean of Haas who outpaced Charles Leclerc, who was sixth for Ferrari.
Carlos Sainz was seventh for McLaren before Sergio Perez, returning to action for Racing extra point missing two races with coronavirus.
Esteban Ocon within the second Renault and Pierre Gasly of Alpha Tauri filled out the highest ten

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