Lewis Hamilton was spending Friday night figuring out how to get his Mercedes in a better position to challenge in qualifying as he pursues a record sixth British Grand Prix win.
The Formula One leader was outpaced by Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in both practice sessions. After finishing fourth in the timesheets in the morning Hamilton did post the second fastest time in the afternoon, 0.069 seconds behind Bottas.
“It’s been quite windy, quite gusty out there, so it hasn’t been the easiest of days, but we were up there nonetheless, and it looks like we’ll be in the fight,” Hamilton said.
“I was struggling with the rear end and went off a few times, but Valtteri seemed much more comfortable in the car, so we are going to dig deep tonight trying to figure out what the issue is and how we can solve it for (Saturday’s qualifying).”
In front of his home fans, Hamilton looked well placed to beat Bottas before having to abort a lap.
“The asphalt is very smooth which makes it tricky to get the tires to work, they’re in and out of the window,” Hamilton said, “and the gusty winds didn’t make it easy.”