• German Grand Prix - FP2

Lack of FP2 pace a mystery for Hamilton

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Lewis Hamilton: "The car felt a little off balance during P2 so we'll have a look into that overnight" © Sutton Images
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Lewis Hamilton was at a loss to explain his lack of pace in the second practice session for the German Grand Prix.

Hamilton was comfortably fastest during the morning session at the Nurburgring, but was 0.888s off Sebastian Vettel's best time in the afternoon. He was eighth fastest and when asked if the pace had dropped off in the second session he said: "Mine has, definitely. I was back in eighth or something."

Pushed to see if he knew why, Hamilton added: "No."

He said the new rear tyres this weekend, which feature a Kevlar belt rather than steel, had not been a defining factor.

"We haven't noticed the differences," he said. "It feels the same as always at every weekend and we're just trying to fight the set-up at the moment. The car felt a little off balance during P2 so we'll have a look into that overnight and probably backtrack on some of those changes for tomorrow."

Vettel topped the times on Friday and Hamilton admitted Mercedes still had a lot of work to do to catch up.

"It looks like they are quite quick, especially on the long runs. But that's no surprise, they are leading both championships and we have a lot of work to do to catch up."

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