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Hamilton focused on Mercedes improvement despite Red Bull's strong start

Mercedes had a tough first day of testing, though things improved slightly for the champions on Saturday. Although the Brit lost some time on track after spinning out, he was able to complete 58 laps.

Lewis Hamilton was happy to see Mercedes get their winter testing program back on track on Saturday, though he's keeping an eye on Red Bull after noting the Milton Keynes outfit have completed more laps so far. The Brit struggled for grip during the afternoon session on Friday but he bounced back to complete 58 laps in the W12 on Saturday morning which is close to a race distance, a welcome sign for the team after their struggles. "Today was certainly better than yesterday," Hamilton told Sky Sport Italia. "There is also much less sand on the track and the sun is shining well. I don't feel much different in the car than yesterday, the track is much better and the balance of the car was just a bit better today. "The track is simply very different from yesterday and it is difficult to find the right set up, which is partly due to the strong wind. I've done about 60 laps today, so that's pretty good. [Valtteri] Bottas also did his laps so that's good. We do have a few less kilometers than Red Bull, so we will try to do as many laps as possible. "We must focus on ourselves, that's the only thing we can do. We just have to complete our program."

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