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Rain leaves Hamilton short of track time
Lewis Hamilton feels he and his rivals will head into qualifying "blind" on Saturday after a practice day around a "violent" Monaco from which little was gleaned.
Showers in second practice on Thursday threw a spanner in the works for most of the drivers and teams looking to get to grips with the streets of the principality. More importantly, in a season when tyres are crucial, and with Pirelli introducing their supersoft rubber for the first time this weekend, the rain scuppered the learning process.
Asked what he had learned from the day, an honest Hamilton said: "Not much to be honest. It was a difficult day in terms of trying to dial in the car because of the conditions changing and there was also a lot of traffic out there."
He added: "It was still incredible driving this track. I saw some on-board footage of a Red Bull, and I hope people saw how violent it is in the car. It is so bumpy, but it is so much fun.
"The problem is the less running you do then the tougher it is to understand the tyres, and no one managed to do a long run.
"They might do one in FP3, but I doubt it, so everyone will be going into the race blind in terms of how the tyres behave.
"I'm sure it will be a big surprise for everyone. We're all in the same boat, so it will be fun that's for sure."
Hamilton admits it will boil down to making the most of a limited opportunity on the day.
The 27-year-old went on: "I'm sure the same teams will be quick this weekend, and everyone has the chance to fight for the front end of the grid.
"It will be about making sure you get out there at the right time, that you get the temperature into your tyres and brakes and you nail it on the lap you get."