Jun 6, 2014, 5:20 PM EDT
Lewis Hamilton may have come away from practice for the Canadian Grand Prix as the fastest man, but he is still wary of the field closing on Mercedes and making his life more difficult.
The Briton finished second behind Fernando Alonso in FP1, and shot to the top of the timesheets in FP2 ahead of his teammate, Nico Rosberg. However, he is concerned about the pace that the likes of Ferrari and Red Bull are showing in Montreal.
“It felt pretty good out there today but we’ve still got improvements to make and there is more to come from the set-up and balance tomorrow,” Hamilton explained on Friday afternoon. “This is quite a technical circuit which is all about the kerbs and apexes; you have to have a car that reacts well to the bumps. You’re always trying to find the limit so we’re not quite where we want to be yet.
“The Ferraris looked quite close today and the rest of the field seemed closer in general but hopefully not too close! It’s very hard to overtake here so pole position is important.”
Hamilton is also wary of championship leader Rosberg, who beat him in Monaco last time out.
“Nico looked very quick today as well so I have my work cut out for sure,” he said. “We’ll find out everyone’s pace in qualifying tomorrow afternoon so let’s wait and see what happens.”
Despite his apprehension, Hamilton has history on his side. He has won the Canadian Grand Prix three times, and only finished the race without winning it once.
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