Lewis Hamilton says he hopes the forecast rain arrives in Sochi tomorrow following a difficult first day of practice for Mercedes.Max Verstappen and nearly half a second behind Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.
“I think we lose eight tenths of a second to the Ferraris or something on the straights,” said Hamilton after practice. “We’ve been improving but still they’re improving at a serious rate.
“So we’ve just been trying to figure out how we can improve the car. But it’s not an easy task.”
“I hope it’s going to be raining,” he added. “I heard it’s going to rain tomorrow.”
Current forecasts indicate a strong chance of thunderstorms throughout tomorrow, particularly in the morning. However the risk of rain during the race is considerably lower.
Hamilton is eager to see a wet race at Sochi Autodrom. “I think it’ll be a much more exciting race if it was wet,” he said. “I don’t think we’ve ever driven here in the rain as far as I am aware so it’ll make it pretty tricky.
“As a track it’s not that easy to overtake because all the corners are so fast. I can’t say it’s the best designed track to be honest just because you carry so much speed through all the apexes of these corners you can’t follow.
“But you do have these long straight to try and make up for it and we’ve got DRS. But in the rain it would make it easier to follow because you often choose different lines.”
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