Friday form guide: grey skies cloud the picture

Friday form guide: grey skies cloud the picture

Mercedes looked respectable over a single lap and on longer runs on Friday at Silverstone, reckons Mark Hughes, but improving conditions could hurt the team and hand Lotus, Red Bull and Ferrari the advantage

"We haven't made a great deal of progress on that," replied a downbeat Lewis Hamilton on Thursday after being asked if he felt that Mercedes had cured its rear-tyre degradation problems, now that we are back at a track that punishes them.

However, the running on Friday afternoon suggested that the Mercedes was capable of quite a respectable race-stint average speed.

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