Lewis Hamilton confident he can still find more pace after topping Friday practice
Lewis heads Mercedes one-two in Practice Two for the Canadian GP; Nico Rosberg warns qualifying could be "very crucial"
By Pete Gill. Last Updated: 07/06/14 10:05am
A buoyant Lewis Hamilton is confident he can still find more pace even after setting the quickest time in Friday practice for the Canadian GP.
Living up to his pre-event billing of favourite to win Sunday's race at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Hamilton, widely considered to be something of a Montreal specialist thanks to three wins in six attempts, led the way in Practice Two from Nico Rosberg as battle resumed between the Mercedes team-mates and World Championship rivals.
"It's been a great day," Hamilton told Sky Sports F1 afterwards. "Both me and Nico were working on the set-up and it's great to see we have great pace. It's been an incredible job from the guys in the factory.
"There's still more to come because we don't have the set-up as well as we would like yet, but that's the thing here - you are always chasing the set-up and trying to go faster."
While Ferrari appear to have made a clear step forward with their upgraded F14 T and Williams' race pace impressed throughout the afternoon session, Mercedes' advantage around the power-dependent Montreal circuit looks to be in the region of half a second. But it was Hamilton who particularly impressed, outpacing Rosberg by 0.175 seconds to top the end-of-day timesheet before settling into an ominous rhythm during his race simulation.
"What amazed me was just how consistent and accurate Lewis was today. Nobody else was driving as cleanly as he was," enthused Sky F1's Martin Brundle, a keen-eyed trackside observer during Practice Two.
"Generally, I just go as fast as I can," added Hamilton. "Other people try to sandbag, but that's not my way."
But, as ever, the threat of Rosberg, the World Championship leader, looms large. Hamilton might hold the advantage heading into the weekend, but the German is still there or thereabouts - and ready to pounce on the slightest mistake.
"I'm very satisfied," said Rosberg, "I was very happy with the car and it was a really good day. We have good pace, we were expecting to be strong here and it looks to be going that way.
"Qualifying could be crucial - and if it is against Lewis, it could be very crucial."
Sky Sports F1's coverage of Qualifying for the Canadian GP starts at 5pm on Saturday evening with the session underway at 6pm