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Friday, May 23, 2008
Lewis Hamilton - Fastest Practice Lap In Monaco
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Lewis Hamilton - Fastest Practice Lap In Monaco

On Thursday in Monaco, Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton had the fastest lap of all drivers from the two practice sessions held for the Monaco Grand Prix. Lewis posted the day's fastest lap of 1m15.140 during the second practice session. Williams driver Nico Rosberg (son of 1982 F1 World Champion Keke Rosberg) had the second fastest lap yesterday, and Ferrari's Felipe Massa was third fastest out of the two sessions.

Lewis was able to complete 40 practice laps to set up his Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 car for Saturday's qualifying and Sunday's race. Hamilton's team mate Heikki Kovalainen was fifth fastest yesterday with a best lap time of 1m15.881.

Hamilton said "I simply love Monaco and enjoy every single moment I get to spend on the track. 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 tire evaluation. I spent the first session on the same set of tires. There is a long way to go, but I enjoy this so much, and we will work hard to continue making progress."

A review of the circuit after the race showed that this year the drivers are laying more rubber down in their braking at the entrance into 180 degree Loew's corner by the Fairmont Hotel. There was a clear circular zone rubber patch left from hard braking by all the F1 cars just prior to the negotiating this turn that hasn't been as evident in prior years. Between the Metropole corner and Loew's corner, there is a short burst of acceleration to try and gain lap time followed by heavy braking to reduce speed prior to negotiating the turn.

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