Hamilton ‘pretty on it’ in Montreal

Date published: June 7 2013 - Editor

Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes can be “really competitive” this weekend in Canada, especially if it remains dry…

Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes can be “really competitive” this weekend in Canada, especially if it remains dry.

The weekend’s action got off to a wet start in first practice with Hamilton finishing down in 16th place on the drying track.

However, Friday’s second session saw a marked improvement from the Brit, who is eager to level the score with Nico Rosberg this weekend.

Hamilton finished FP2 second quickest, just 0.012s adrift of pace-setter Fernando Alonso.

“If it’s dry I think we’re really competitive,” he told Sky Sports F1.

“The car feels pretty good and I feel like I’m pretty on it this weekend.”

The one issue that Hamilton and his rivals will have to face is tyre wear, however, for now the 28-year-old reckons it is looking good.

“I don’t know what the tyres look like in terms of wear, but they’re feeling quite good.

“They [the team] told me to push the last couple of laps which I was able to do as I had the grip.

“But everyone’s going to be in the same boat. I don’t think we’re trouble at the moment.”

The three-time Canadian GP winner, though, did reveal that he was not entirely happy with his Mercedes, feeling as if he was “moving around” in the cockpit.

He added: “I wouldn’t say it’s a big step forward. I still don’t feel right in the car for some reason.

“I don’t know know if it’s my seat – today I was doing my belts up really, really tight which I normally never do – maybe I’m moving around in the car too much.

“But it’s a little bit better today.”

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