Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has said that the tarmac run-off areas make finding reference points at the track challenging. However, he was satisfied with his Friday practice after topping both sessions.
The defending world champion will start the French Grand Prix with an updated Mercedes power unit. Unfortunately, he was unable to utilise its optimum performance, but he still secured top spot in both sessions.
Hamilton was reluctant to compare his pace to his rivals, fearing sandbagging by Ferrari. But he enjoyed getting up to speed at a new circuit for 2018. The French GP has returned to F1 after a 10-year absence at Paul Ricard which last hosted the sport back in 1990.
“I miss the grass, there is no grass anywhere. Apart from the colourful lines it is difficult to tell where the hell you are most of the time which is the part that I dislike.
“There are a couple of places down the back straight and you are coming down the long straight trying to find out where the corner is. There is one junction that turns off, that is not it, then there is another junction which turns off on the right, that’s not it, then another on the left.
“It is really, really hard to see. It messes with your mind a couple of times but you get used it to it.”
Hamilton is looking to take back the lead in the F1 world drivers’ championship after falling behind Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel by one point last time out at the Canadian Grand Prix.