Hamilton sets commanding Suzuka practice pace

Hamilton sets commanding Suzuka practice pace

Hamilton sets commanding Suzuka practice pace

"So I think we can focus on our work and now we try to obviously squeeze out everything that's left in the vehicle for tomorrow".

Hamilton has won three of the last four races staged here in Suzuka, and the world champion again appears in impressive form.

It was another dramatic drive from Verstappen, who over four seasons has firmly established himself as F1's most aggressive and exciting racer, but has never had a auto capable of a true title challenge. "It's incredible. The track is just.they don't make tracks like this any more".

"I think the highlights that you mentioned or the races that (have been) mentioned, in qualifying we were not ahead". You don't always get to experience what your target is. "But we know that doesn't mean anything because our fight with Ferrari is far from being over".

"Through that middle section, that first and second section, it's insane", he told reporters, still barely able to contain his excitement. "It has to be one of my favourite circuits, if not the favourite", Hamilton said. "In the race I think it was very close and I think it has been very close all year".

"I think I've said many times that we have a strong vehicle, but I don't think, against the people's opinions, that we had a dominant auto at any point this year", the German said.

"Obviously you don't want to commit suicide, so I think if we attack we will still try to be reasonable".

"I've just been giving thanks all day today because this is what I've always wanted to do".

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"But overall, it has been a clean Friday, no interruptions, no issue with the vehicle or anything", added Vettel.

"Straight away I was much, much better than I've ever been through those particular corners".

"It's also going to be a lot warmer in the race, so that will be different, but at least we got enough running already in dry conditions, so it doesn't matter if it's wet tomorrow".

Verstappen has fond memories of the Suzuka circuit, having made his F1 debut here in by taking part in the first free practice at the 2014 Japanese GP. "Today I think we were both sliding a little bit too much and therefore damaging the tires a bit more than others", he added.

"We know what the vehicle can do and we need to focus on that and try to get everything out to put us in the best possible position".

Sebastian Vettel has stressed that Ferrari is keeping track with its planned development path, in the wake of having been defeated across the past three Grands Prix. "I think we know what the auto can do".

"If we can grasp pole tomorrow that is great".

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