Hamilton bracing for 'nightmare' traffic in qualifying

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Hamilton bracing for 'nightmare' traffic in qualifying

Lewis Hamilton is expecting 'nightmare' congestion in qualifying at Monza as drivers play the usual game of cat and mouse to catch a tow in the Q3 shootout.

The Mercedes driver set the pace on Friday, a performance that augurs well for Saturday's running. But Hamilton fears in qualifying a repeat of last year's antics in Q3 at Monza when drivers neutralized each other as each one sought to gain a tow while preventing a rival from doing the same.

FIA race director Michael Masi issued a staunch warning to the field on Friday, insisting that a minimum lap time rule is set to be introduced for FP3 and qualifying.

"It was difficult in the past, and obviously we didn't even get to do the last lap last year," said Hamilton.

"It's going to be interesting – I heard they might put in a minimum time that we have to do on an out lap, maybe that will help.

"But I think it's going to be a nightmare on the last corner still, with everyone trying to get a gap. It's definitely going to be hard work."

While Hamilton set the pace in FP2, the Mercedes driver wasn't yet satisfied with the handling of his W11 Black Arrow around the Temple of Speed.

"We have a few more steps to make overnight and then I think it'll be where it needs to," he said.

"It's quite a bumpy track here and with the low downforce, there's a lot of sliding. You need to find the right balance with the bumps and between the low and high-speed turns.

"The field is typically a lot closer here, compared to Spa, as it's such a fast lap and there aren't many corners.

"Valtteri's quick here, too, so it's going to be a fun battle."

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Norris 'not in the best position' despite FP2 performance

Lando Norris downplayed the significance of his third-place position in FP2, insisting his lack of running in the... The post Norris 'not in the best position' despite FP2 performance appeared first on F1i.com.

Norris 'not in the best position' despite FP2 performance

Lando Norris downplayed the significance of his third-place position in FP2, insisting his lack of running in the afternoon session has not left him in the best position going forward.

A time-consuming power unit issue disrupted the McLaren driver's run plan in the second free practice. Norris got going in earnest in the final ten minutes of the session and only owed his impressive lap time to a low-fuel run on a nicely rubbered-in track.

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"Not the best Friday just because of the lack of running," said the Briton.

"We didn’t really get the chance to do any high-fuel runs, so we’re not in the best position.

"We’re in good shape for tomorrow, but we’re still a bit behind in our prep for Sunday. So, we might have to compromise FP3 tomorrow to try to fit in some more high-fuel runs and catch up.

"I have a decent feeling for the car, but this is the track where you want good confidence throughout the lap – you want confidence under braking and in the high-speed corners, and I’m not quite as confident as I could be today due to the lack of laps."

Along with Lewis Hamilton, Norris was one of several drivers who complained about several of his rivals executing slow out laps on Friday, which in turn caused congestion out on the track.

The 20-year-old is expecting more of the same in qualifying.

"It's going to be tricky to make sure you're in the right spot, because you want a slipstream because it helps a lot around here, but at the same time, you don't want to be too close and have too much understeer or problems in the middle sector in the corners.

"It's not easy, especially in the F1 cars this year, it's even worse than last year, so we'll have to wait and find out."

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