Lewis Hamilton insists he is not feeling the pressure of Nico Rosberg despite an unspectacular opening day of practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.
Hamilton finished third in FP2‘s qualifying simulations after encountering traffic on his flying lap, which put him seven tenths down on Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg. The reigning world champion is hoping to overturn Rosberg’s seven-race winning streak this weekend but goes into Saturday on the back foot.
Speaking about the gap to Rosberg, he said: “Quite a bit of traffic at the end, yeah, so I lost quite a lot with that. Ultimately the lap wasn’t quick enough anyway.”
Hamilton knows he is not the only driver struggling but says he has a lot of work to do to optimise his set-up ahead of qualifying on Saturday.
“I think it’s the conditions. I think it’s the tyres and the wind, I don’t know if its maybe the tyres on their own. It’s not spectacular but it’s the same for everyone.
“It just gives us lots of homework to do, a lot of pressure on the engineers to analyse what’s going on with the car and for me to do the background work and trying to figure out what I can do to make it better.”
When asked if that pressure was something he was feeling as well, he replied: “I don’t really feel pressure, I’ve just got to do my best. We will find out if that’s good enough.”