“I think it’ll be a close one this weekend. I don’t know what Max’s lap was like in FP2 but mine wasn’t perfect so we definitely have some time to come from the car and improvements to make.
“But I’m sure Red Bull have too. It was close, as it has been the last couple of races, so I’m sure it’ll be an exciting qualifying and race in store.”
Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who was quickest in FP1, said: “In terms of pace, it was not a bad start – I think we are there or thereabouts. It’s going to be close, no doubt. Quite similar feelings to last year here, it’s a slippery tarmac and the rear of the car is pretty loose in places, so it’s not easy to get clean laps.
“For me, the softer we went with the compounds, the more tricky the car became, and the Medium tyre looks to be working best.