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"Strightster Friday of the season": Lewis Hamilton in Spa front

Saturday, August 26th, 2017 | Sports

25. August 2017 – 17:48

Lewis Hamilton showed up on Friday in Spa glittering

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(cafetheology.org) – Mercedes has returned with a best time from Lewis Hamilton from the summer break of the Formula 1. After finishing the first free practice session at the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps, Kimi Rikknen (Ferrari) was the fastest in the afternoon. With a time of 1: 44.753 minutes, Hamilton was the only rider to be under the mark of 1:45 minutes on Friday and distant rikkne by 0.262 seconds. Team captain Valtteri Bottas finished third with a margin of 0.427 seconds. "It was one of the strongest Fridays this season," Hamilton is convinced. "From the very beginning, the car has really made a strong impression, and we've made good progress with the set-up from the very beginning of the first training session, so it's a really good start to the weekend But the weekend could not have been better. "Mercedes has pioneered the opening of the second season of Formula 1 2017. In Hamilton, both Hamilton and Bottas are running with a new version of the drive unit. Both have thus used the fourth of four permitted units. "We thought it would be ready to be deployed," said Sportchef Toto Wolff at the Sky Sports F1, about the new engine that did not have any problems on Friday. Hamilton at the top, but a narrow track with the new drive unit Especially Hamilton. In the morning he had arrived at the time of Rikknen up to 53 thousandths of a second, but the Finn was driven on ultra-fast tires, while Hamilton had his fastest lap on the two steps of the softer tires. Therefore it was not surprising that the Briton, who in his 200th Grand Prix in Spa, was able to improve his qualifying simulation in the afternoon to the ultrasoften tires and drove the best time. However, Mercedes can not be sure of his cause, because not Only Ferrari, but surprisingly also Red Bull lie on the power line Spa-Francorchamps in strike distance. The bulls experimented on Friday with very little downforce and were thus also fast in the full-throttle passages. So the top 5 were separated by less than half a second – with a distance of 7.004 kilometers it is not very much. "It is actually even narrower than it looks," says Wolff. "On the soft tire we were really strong with Lewis, but Vettel has driven an impressive Longrun", the Sportchef also took the world championship leader Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) on the bill, with a margin of 0.482 seconds to rank five. "He was quicker than anyone else, I doubt if we've seen it all." Difficult day for Valtteri BottasBottas on Friday was a bit off the roll and made some mistakes during the sessions. In the morning he slipped, apparently in the attempt to make another car place, in the Fagnes corner on grass and in the tire stack, came with the only light damaged car however by its own power back to the box. In the afternoon, the Finn braked several times in his qualifying simulation and drove far over the edge. "That was a difficult day overall," Bottas admits. "We had some problems with the tuning of the car, but at the beginning I did not feel very comfortable, but it was getting better towards the end of the race Rain was interrupted, but I could drive at least a few laps with a lot of gasoline in the car. "

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