Slideshow: Hamilton looking good in practice

PUBLISHED: 18:58 09 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:23 26 October 2009

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LEWIS Hamilton was second fastest in today s afternoon free practice session for the Turkish Grand Prix. With McLaren focusing on tyre evaluation prior to Sunday s race, Tewin superstar Hamilton believes the team are well on track. Overall I am pleased

Lewis Hamilton driving at Istanbul

LEWIS Hamilton was second fastest in today's afternoon free practice session for the Turkish Grand Prix.

With McLaren focusing on tyre evaluation prior to Sunday's race, Tewin superstar Hamilton believes the team are well on track.

"Overall I am pleased with our initial pace and consistency," said the former Stevenage schoolboy.

Lewis completed 31 laps of the Istanbul Speed Park this afternoon, setting a best time of 1 minute 27.579 seconds.

He was only 36-thousandths of a second behind the fastest lap of the session set by Ferrari rivals Kimi Raikkonen.

Hamilton was third quickest in this morning's first session behind Ferrari's Felipe Massa and McLaren team-mate Heikki Kovalainen, who has been passed fit to race after his crash in Barcelona last month.

McLaren supremo Ron Dennis was certainly pleased with what he saw.

He described events as "two productive practice sessions" and that both drivers (Hamilton and Kovalainen) were "quick and consistent".

And the Herts race ace believes the key to success is determining how to tackle the track.

Hamilton said: "Everybody lost a bit of running time in the first session as the track was still wet in places after cleaning.

"The circuit is constantly evolving, which is challenging but also enjoyable."

The 23-year-old from Herts currently lies in second place in the drivers' standings, nine points behind reigning champion Raikkonen, and he will be looking to build on his third place finish at the Spanish Grand Prix last time out.

It would appear that McLaren, and Lewis himself, believe how the track is approached on Sunday could well be key to victory.

Hamilton added: "In the first session I stayed on the same set of tyres throughout and experienced no problems.

"In my last run of the day I put on a new set of tyres but had a small moment which cost me some time."

The Turkish Grand Prix takes place in Istanbul on Sunday, with the race starting at 1pm.


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