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Lewis Hamilton now in positive after the second testing at Barcelona he says that “usually when the car is at its best and when you get a really good feel of where the car will be when we get to the first race.”

Hamilton completed the 120 laps in Barcelona second day test and set sixth fastest lap-time with used tyre compounds. And he is admitted that Red Bull’s are little bit fast and the cars handling quite well.

“Last year I think I struggled to do 30 laps. I think we struggled to do 10 laps without the exhaust failing,” Hamilton told the reporters at the end of the day. So to do a whole day and to do 120 laps, I can’t remember last time I did that many laps. Definitely we feel in a much more comfortable place and confident that we can be at the front fighting with the guys at the top.”

“I was just focusing on my job. I think we were out at similar times during the runs,” Hamilton said of his race simulation. I was always on used tyres and I think he started with new tyres in the second couple of stints, but generally he looked very, very competitive, perhaps a little bit faster than us.

“But again, we don’t know what fuels loads they are on and it’s much too early to say. But when he was behind me his car looked like it was handling quite well.”

“It’s actually been quite a surprise that the car has been behaving really well high-speed corners,” he said. “I think the baseline of our car is better than last year’s and the characteristics of the car is that it’s better in high speed.

“We have made some changes to enable that compared to the last test, but it’s been performing better in Turn 3 and in Turn 9 than I expected. At some stage we will have some upgrades and it will be even better through the high-speed corners.”

“I love the last test. That’s usually when the car is at its best and when you get a really good feel of where the car will be when we get to the first race.

“The last one is always exciting because you know the next time you get in the car it will be the first race in Australia, and that’s a fantastic feeling. I can’t believe we are so close.”


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