Mercedes Lewis Hamilton said he was ready for a “killer” race in Spanish Grand Prix after bouncing back to top the times ahead of Valtteri Bottas.
The championship leader Lewis Hamilton said the searing heat during the afternoon session had been tough to endure, but was happy his car had survived without any serious problems.
“I don’t think I’ve been to Spain when it’s this hot,” he said.
“We’re here in February and March usually, or early May.”
“It’s beautiful weather, but it’s a killer in the car and it’s obviously very tough on tyres as well.”
The six-time world champion had been second behind Bottas after the morning’s opening session, but re-established his supremacy on a hot afternoon at the Circuit de Catalunya.
Lewis Hamilton clocked a best lap in one minute and 16.883 seconds to outpace Bottas by 0.287 seconds with Max Verstappen, winner of last weekend’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone, third for Red Bull, eight-tenths adrift of the fastest lap.
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In much hotter conditions than those of the morning, with an air temperature of 30 degrees Celsius and the track at almost 50, the two Mercedes enjoyed a comfortable advantage over their rivals.
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