CAR WOES IN SPAIN: Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton is concerned about his car's performance at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Spain. Image: AP / Emilio Morenatti
BARCELONA, Spain - Lewis Hamilton has outpaced Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg to top the practice times ahead of the 2015 Spanish Formula 1 GP despite being worried about his car's inconsistent performance in gusting wind at the Circuit de Catalunya.
His concern was over his car's set-up and the weather condition.
Asked if he was happy with his Mercedes' balance, he replied: "At the moment, I'm not. I don't really know why... it felt very inconsistent throughout the lap because the wind is up and down. In some places gusts, sometimes not."
'I JUST NEED TO BE QUICKER'
The steering was affected. "Sometimes it's oversteer, sometimes it’s understeer. Sometimes it's fine, perfect. Then, the next lap, it's different - that makes it very difficult to find the set-up. I don't know if there is less grip."
He was also concerned about the determined manner in which Rosberg applied himself on Friday: "I think he's going to be quick. I just need to be quicker."
Hamilton has won three of the four races so far in 2015 and has a 27-point lead.
HOT BARCELONA TRACK
Driving with his usual elan and precision, the two-times F1 champion clocked a best lap if 1min26.852 to finish almost a half- second clear of nearest rival four-times champion Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
Rosberg, given a reprimand during the morning for infringing the pits-lane entry lines as he worked his way to the fastest lap of that session, wound up seven-tenths slower in third place.
The reprimand was his first since the 2014 Bahrain GP.
He said: "It's always a compromise between long run and short run, set-up wise and everything, and especially in these conditions. It's very hot so very tough on the tyres, on a long run, but I need to work on my one-lap pace for Saturday.
"I worked the tyres too hard on the out lap so, starting the flying lap, they were just too hot, but all in all it was a good day and looking pretty good for the race - especially compared to Ferrari.
"Compared to Lewis, it was close."
2015 Spanish GP practice times
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