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It looks very tight but we’re definitely fight – Hamilton



June.24 – After his disappointed last race, Lewis Hamilton was finish second top in Valencia second practice on Friday; He says McLaren are still able to very much improve their car. Heading into this weekend’s European GP, the McLaren driver sits fourth in the Drivers’ Championship and 76 points in arrears of existing leader Sebastian Vettel.

“There are still plenty of improvements we can make to the car,” Hamilton comments. “We need to work on the balance; it’s not a million miles away, but it could be better. There are some things we’ll change this evening to make it more stable. It looks very tight up at the front but we’re definitely in the fight, which is the important thing. I think we’ve got some more pace up our sleeves for the rest of the weekend, too.”

Lewis Team-mate Jenson Button, having won the last race in Canada a fortnight ago, proceeded to complain from a distinct lack of grip today.

“This morning we were mainly collecting data, so I spent quite a lot of time in the garage,” the 2009 Champion began. “In the afternoon, I did a bit more running and tried both tyre compounds. The Prime (new Medium compound) proved quite difficult to switch on and consequently we couldn’t find good balance with it. I think we’ve got a good balance on the Option though – and, because the track will grip up quite a lot with every session we run, we’re now heading in the right direction balance-wise with the Prime (Soft compound) too.”

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