Lewis Hamilton: This Is the Best Possible Way to Kick off Any Weekend

Adam PooleAnalyst IOctober 17, 2008

Lewis Hamilton is confident about this weekend's Chinese Grand-Prix. No one was even close to the McLaren's pace in either free practice this morning.

Lewis' MP4-23 seemed to agree with the track and its conditions in both sessions this morning. "From the moment we hit the track this morning, the car felt well balanced and positive—and that really allowed me to get into my day’s program without any problems," said Hamilton.

"No matter what we changed on the car, it just kept getting better and better and the grip and balance kept improving."

"This is the best possible way to kick off any weekend and has given me extra confidence for the next few days: I feel in a very good place right now."

Following the disaster last week in Fuji, Lewis was due for some good news. And, if nothing else, Hamilton fans can relax just a little bit now.

McLaren boss, Ron Dennis, was quietly confident as well. "We spent both sessions focusing on our race setup, sacrificing ultimate single-lap speed in the pursuit of good balance and tire wear over a long run," said Dennis.

A full hat-trick of smiling faces down at McLaren as Heikki Kovalainen was happy with his pace; he finished fourth in session one this morning.

"We were immediately quick—which is always encouraging—and spent both sessions just working on the balance of the car."

Can this weekend turn last weekend on its head? Nothing is over in Formula One until they see the checkered flag on Sunday, but these comments do look positive and we may see the title won this weekend.

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