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Friday analysis - Mercedes' advantage narrows in the heat

Sweltering track temperatures that rose as high as 58 degrees Celsius made life difficult for the teams and drivers as they tried to assess the performance of Pirelli’s soft and supersoft tyres and get to grips with running their cars without Front-and-Rear Interconnected suspension (FRIC). In the end, Mercedes emerged on top once more, but their advantage was narrower than many expected… MercedesLewis Hamilton, 1m 19.196s, P2/1m 18.341s, P1Nico Rosberg, 1m 19.131s, P1/1m 18.365s, P2Rosberg admitted that it was a difficult day adjusting the F1 W05 Hybrid to running without FRIC, but by the end of it both he and Hamilton felt that they were getting somewhere. The latter said his...
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