Gallery: Button quickest as F1 champ Hamilton makes positive strides ahead of Chinese GP

PUBLISHED: 12:31 17 April 2009 | UPDATED: 22:20 26 October 2009

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

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LEWIS Hamilton showed signs of a return to form in today s practice sessions for Sunday s Chinese Grand Prix. The 24-year-old F1 world champion from Herts was quickest in this morning s opening session in Shanghai with a modified McLaren Mercedes. Althoug

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LEWIS Hamilton showed signs of a return to form in today's practice sessions for Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix.

The 24-year-old F1 world champion from Herts was quickest in this morning's opening session in Shanghai with a modified McLaren Mercedes.

Although only 13th in the second part of the day's programme, Hamilton was happy with his progress behind the wheel.

Jenson Button's Brawn GP was the fastest.

"We've definitely made a step forward for this race," he said.

"The car feels much stronger through the corners and I think we've got a very positive baseline for the rest of the weekend."

Lewis started the first session using the new six-plane front wing and immediately reported an improvement in the front-end.

"The car instantly felt a bit better," he said.

"I can definitely feel more stability and downforce from the front."

After two initial install laps, Lewis completed three shorter runs.

Between sessions, bodywork changes to the car meant Lewis began the second practice a little later than planned as the team turned their focus towards tyre evaluations over longer stints.

He did three runs, starting with a shorter five-lap stint on primes before testing the super-soft option tyre, which showcased the limited life of the softer rubber.

"My first run on the options felt quite consistent," said Tewin hero Hamilton.

"The drop-off definitely feels manageable. This was a good day, although we still need to work on MP4-24's medium and high-speed balance."

Hamilton won the Chinese GP last year.


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