With rain clouds hovering over tomorrow’s qualifying session and perhaps also on Sunday morning in the event of a delay, FP2 was partially approached by teams as a potential grid-defining session, which prompted Mercedes to turn up its engines.
“It wasn’t full attack, but it wasn’t half attack either,” Wolff said.
“We already added a little bit more. Let’s say, we drove on a performance level that we normally don’t drive on Friday.”
Hamilton was at a loss to explain his car’s behaviour.
“I don’t know, I can’t really say anything,” commented the reigning world champion.
“It felt relatively normal, but it was quite far off, so there’s a lot of work that needs to go on in the background to try and figure out why.
“I was feeling good in practice one and the start of P2 felt pretty good, and then it just started to drop off.
“Others out there are quick, and Valtteri’s obviously got good pace. Hopefully tomorrow it will be a bit better.”
Hamilton wasn’t amused by the prospect of a washed out qualifying session.
“It will suck if we don’t get to qualify, because it wasn’t great, I’ll be starting further back than even last week, so it will definitely make it challenging,” he said.
“I’m trying to do the dry dance, if there’s a dry dance to make sure there’s no frigging rain for Sunday.”
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