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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton warns Mercedes over potential Abu Dhabi qualifying shock

Lewis Hamilton endured a difficult day of running on Friday in Abu Dhabi and isn't rating his chances for qualifying at the Yas Marina Circuit.

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Lewis Hamilton has given a despondent prediction of his chances during qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The seven-time World Champion ended FP2 in eighth place having sat out the first session while Frederik Vesti took part in his second practice outing of the season.

FP2 was disrupted by two red flags that limited running for all of the drivers, further hindering those who missed out on the first session.

While Hamilton has stated the car doesn't feel unpleasant, he is hopeful of more running in FP3 ahead of qualifying on Saturday.

“Not particularly no, it was not the greatest of days,” Hamilton said when asked if he was happy with his day.

“I think I only got about four timed laps really, which is not a lot in a day in terms of your knowledge of the car and the track.

“The car doesn’t feel bad, we’re not in a terrible place. I just hope I get some more running [on Saturday].

Hamilton hints at qualifying struggle

Having already suffered three Q2 exits during qualifying this year, Hamilton suggested that he could be in for another struggle in Abu Dhabi.

“I’m going to try and see if there’s a way to get into Q3,” Hamilton said.

“We’ve had difficult qualifying sessions and getting out of Q1 and into Q2 has always been a tough battle. Even just getting into Q3 is a challenge.

“The work on Saturday morning has to be making sure we get into Q3. I think it’s going to be close.

“George [Russell] is looking good, he might be in a better place but he didn’t miss FP1. But I’m not going to make any excuses, I’m just going to get on it."

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