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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton claims Mercedes failed to optimise FP2 bonus

The session was extended to 90 minutes on a bizarre first day at the Canadian Grand Prix.

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Lewis Hamilton has suggested Mercedes failed to optimise the extra half hour in Second Practice for the Canadian Grand Prix despite topping the timesheets.

The seven-time F1 champion headed teammate George Russell in the extended 90-minute session after it was agreed to add time following CCTV issues that led to FP1 being curtailed to only five minutes of running.

Mercedes was one of the only teams to run its race simulation before a qualifying simulation during the session, meaning its best laps were set during prime track conditions and skewing the final results.

Addressing his day at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Hamilton explained: "It was ok, probably the bumpiest circuit we have been on in a long time.

"It was a strange day because we missed the first session, I felt really bad for the fans out there. We had a great crowd from yesterday [Thursday], the city is pumping.

"I don't know what happened with the CCTV cameras, but anyway, we got to go out, it was nice to have an hour and a half session.

"But we haven't had an hour and a half session in a long time so I felt the time was not used optimally.

"So we will get back and have a look... I was just itching to go and maximise our time out there.

"The car didn't feel bad but we have definitely got some work to do."

Hamilton has pinpointed the areas that Mercedes needs to refine on the W14 to be competitive across the rest of the weekend.

Asked about how the car felt during FP2, the Briton replied: "[It was] not the greatest but not the worst.

"It is feeling pretty decent, it is just bumpy. Everyone is having struggles with the bumps so we have just got to improve our ride control and the balance through the corners and I think we will be alright."

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