F1: Hamilton's McLaren still not quick enough ahead of Spanish GP qualifying

PUBLISHED: 19:13 08 May 2009 | UPDATED: 22:07 26 October 2009

Motorsports / Formula 1: World Championship 2009, GP of Bahrain, 01 Lewis Hamilton (GBR, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes),  *** Local Caption *** +++ www.hoch-zwei.net +++ copyright: HOCH ZWEI / Michael Kunkel +++

Motorsports / Formula 1: World Championship 2009, GP of Bahrain, 01 Lewis Hamilton (GBR, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes), *** Local Caption *** +++ www.hoch-zwei.net +++ copyright: HOCH ZWEI / Michael Kunkel +++

HOCH ZWEI / Michael Kunkel

MECHANICS at McLaren will be working overtime to get Lewis Hamilton s car on the button for Spanish Grand Prix qualifying tomorrow (Saturday). A series of upgrades and modifications didn t seem to greatly improve the performance of the MP4-24 today for w

MECHANICS at McLaren will be working overtime to get Lewis Hamilton's car on the button for Spanish Grand Prix qualifying tomorrow (Saturday).

A series of upgrades and modifications didn't seem to greatly improve the performance of the MP4-24 today for world champion Hamilton during practice at the Circuit de Catalunya.

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh still feels the team can secure a starting place in the top 10 though.

He said: "Inevitably, when you come to a circuit with a big package of modifications that need assessing in a very short period of time, you get some successes and some failures.

"But coming into this weekend, we've been realistic and disciplined: we always knew this would be a challenging circuit, but we've gathered a lot of data - and that will enable us to study our performance overnight and enhance the car for tomorrow.

"Are we as quick as we want to be? No.

"Do we believe we can get through into Q3 tomorrow? Yes, we do.


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