• Monaco GP - FP2

Positive day despite oversleeping - Hamilton

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Lewis Hamilton has now topped the timesheets in 20 different sessions this season © Sutton Images
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Lewis Hamilton admits not even a delayed start due to missing his wake-up call could hinder a Thursday practice session which took even him by surprise.

Hamilton was seen sprinting through the paddock as FP1 went green and then laughing about the situation with Niki Lauda as he entered the Mercedes garage. Hamilton topped the first session and he says he was pleasantly surprised to see the car working well from the first lap.

"I overslept!" Hamilton said when asked about his delayed start. "To be honest [the car] felt great, I'm really surprised it started off so well really. I got in the car and thought it was about taking it one step at a time but the track is amazing, and the car is really behaving a lot better than it was last year for me."

The rain shower which fell in between FP1 and FP2 hampered the running of the afternoon session but Hamilton feels Mercedes can take a lot of confidence out of what it achieved in the morning.

"If we had missed both sessions then maybe [he would be concerned], but the fact we got that one session at the beginning is a huge plus as I got a long run in. I feel pretty set for Saturday, there's still some work to do and we can still find some pace but we should be good."

Hamilton also says he realises 2014 presents him with a perfect opportunity to end a Monaco hoodoo which stretches back to the year he won the world title.

"Monaco is one of the greatest races of all time. It's such a classic. I've been trying to win here for so long and never really had the car to do so, apart from last year and I wasn't able to really capitalise on it. This year with the car that we have I'm hoping that I can do what I know I can do."

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