• Italian Grand Prix - FP2

Hamilton unsure of Mercedes' potential

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Lewis Hamilton admitted Mercedes might already be performing close to its full potential after Friday practice for the Italian Grand Prix.

Both Hamilton and team-mate Nico Rosberg were over 0.8s slower than the best time set by Sebastian Vettel during FP2 having been much more competitive during FP1. While Hamilton hopes to find more time on Saturday, he said the car already feels good and he's unsure if there is still enough scope to match Vettel's time.

"The car feels good," Hamilton said. "Red Bull is massively quick but generally the car feels pretty good, so I need to sit and try to understand where we can go quicker because I feel like I'm on the limit everywhere and the car feels reasonably balanced so whether or not we've got too much wing we'll wait and see.

"Right now it doesn't look massively strong for our chances [of pole position] but we'll do some work overnight, improve the set-up, hopefully improve the pace for tomorrow and again you don't know what fuel loads people are on so we'll wait and see."

Asked if it was realistic to think he could close the gap to Vettel, Hamilton admitted it was a lot of time to try and find on such a high-speed circuit.

"I'm not sure; we'll wait and see tonight. I mean, the car feels really good so his car must feel incredible! So we're just going to work overnight to see if we can find some piece from somewhere; I don't know where we can get half a second. Usually it's one or two tenths here, but half a second is quite a big gap."

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