Hamilton eager for more dry running

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton said the very wet conditions at Jerez today made it difficult to get much useful running done.

He told reporters:

It was better to be on the beach somewhere.

I would have loved to have a dry day, everyone here probably would have. And I like driving in the wet, but it was just a bit too wet. It would have been nice if it was a bit more constant but I’m not down, I feel positive about my car.
Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton said McLaren are running their car in the same configuration they had at Valencia. He added:

I did 15 laps this morning in the dry, so you can’t feel too much. It felt really good in Valencia. Today this morning was very cold, we had different fuel loads and it felt the same as it did in the last test.
Lewis Hamilton

He believes it’s even harder to work out how well rival teams are doing because of the larger fuel tanks being used this year:

There’s such a huge variation in fuel loads we have absolutely idea. Less of an idea than we had in the past, I think, because some people can drive with 30 kilos or ten and some will be 100 or 150. So it’s impossible to say.
Lewis Hamilton

Asked what he thought of the new Silverstone circuit design announced yesterday, Hamilton said he hadn’t seen it yet but didn’t think the circuit needed updating:

I liked it the way it was, but I welcome new ideas.
Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton added the likelihood of more rain tomorrow limits what they might be able to get done:

There’s always small things you can do, certain checks that the team have to do. But in terms of my driving there’s nothing I can really learn. Time on the track is always valuable but in the wet, it’s not really worth it.

I’d like to get out there and do some of the programme we were going to do today and try and get as much running in as possible.
Lewis Hamilton