Lewis happy with positive start
McLaren driver quickest, but expecting tough qualifying battle
By William Esler. Last Updated: 08/06/12 9:43pm
Lewis Hamilton was delighted by his positive start to the Canadian Grand Prix weekend, after he went quickest in both practice sessions.
The McLaren driver looked at ease in the car around the circuit where he took his first Formula 1 victory, as he attempts to become the seventh different winner in 2012.
The 2008 World Champion revealed his competitive side was on full display during the session as he kept pushing for the perfect lap in Montreal.
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"I was out there pushing for quite a while on the option tyre. It is very, very difficult to put all the sectors together," he told Sky Sports.
"Sometimes I would go quicker in one sector, and then would lose it in another sector. So I kept asking can I have one more lap, one more lap and eventually I did get a good lap, then the red flag came out, but I was already a couple of tenths up by then so that is positive for us."
Despite being the quickest man so far, Hamilton is expecting a tough battle in qualifying and feels his main challengers this weekend could come from Ferrari, whose drivers finished second and third in Practice Two.
"Tyre degradation is going to be very tough," he added.
"Qualifying looks like it could be very close, and you have got the Ferrari's and their tyre degradation seems to be better, at least at the last race, so I will be keeping an eye out for them.
"It does look like it could be another one stop race which is very strange. My tyres did well over 30 laps there, so it will be interesting."