After a power unit problem limited Lewis Hamilton to just 20 laps throughout the Free Practice sessions on Friday, the Briton admitted that he is heading into the Grand Prix at a disadvantage.

Hamilton was unable to perform both his qualifying simulation and his race pace simulation, in what turned out to be a difficult Friday for Mercedes, with FP1 being marked by a lengthy red flag and FP2 seeing Hamilton come to the pits with a power unit issue.

“This morning I only really got 20 minutes of running, obviously, with the red flag,” Hamilton admitted. “Naturally that puts us on the back foot but Valtteri [Bottas] looks like he had a good session so hopefully tomorrow we can make up for some of the time.

“[Getting] a clean lap I don’t think will necessarily be the main issue, for me, it’s just catching up. But [Bottas] does a fantastic job and we’re not too far with set-up most of the time so hopefully, the great work he’s done today will help.

“It will be interesting to see – I don’t think you’ll be able to overtake here because it’s just high, high downforce, super-fast corners, which we probably won’t be able to follow through. But let’s hope that there’s a good strategy for Sunday,” Hamilton concluded.

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