Slideshow: Hamilton laps it up in Monte Carlo

PUBLISHED: 18:57 22 May 2008 | UPDATED: 22:21 26 October 2009

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Lewis Hamilton racing in Monaco Pictures courtesy of www.mclaren.com

LEWIS Hamilton was fastest overall in today s two free practice sessions for the Monaco Grand Prix. The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver simply lapped it up around the famous Monte Carlo circuit. Second in last year s grand prix, Hamilton reigned supreme

Lewis Hamilton was quickest in practice

LEWIS Hamilton was fastest overall in today's two free practice sessions for the Monaco Grand Prix.

The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver simply lapped it up around the famous Monte Carlo circuit.

Second in last year's grand prix, Hamilton reigned supreme around the streets of the Principality.

The 23-year-old from Tewin posted a time of 1 minute 15.140 seconds, which was more than a tenth of a second quicker than last year's fastest race lap set by Fernando Alonso in a McLaren.

In the morning session, Lewis was second fastest with a time of 1 minute 16.216 seconds.

Hamilton was delighted with his performance around his favourite circuit.

"I simply love Monaco and enjoy every single moment I get to spend on the track," he said after today's sessions.

"The car felt great almost immediately and I was able to show a good pace from the very beginning.

"As the circuit evolved throughout both practice sessions we made some good progress with both the set-up and tyre evaluation. I spent the first session on the same set of tyres."

He added: "There is a long way to go, but I enjoy this so much and we will work hard to continue making progress."

Norbert Haug, vice president of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, was impressed his Hamilton's pace around the tight street circuit.

He said: "Lewis obviously feels at home in-between the guardrails.

"He was fast and didn't put a foot wrong today."

McLaren team boss Ron Dennis was also pleased with Hamilton's performance today but urged caution.

Dennis said: "There is still some work to do, but we are looking forward to the weekend and will continue to work hard to add another victory to our 14 Monaco race wins.

"However, it's not going to be easy as our competition is strong, and the weather might make things more unpredictable."

The weather forecast for Sunday's race predicts rain, but there is a chance for a dry qualifying on Saturday.


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