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Hamilton hoping to cheer up fans
Lewis Hamilton has urged the fans to stay strong and warm ahead of what could potentially be a cold, wet and miserable British Grand Prix.
Friday's two practice sessions were dominated by unrelenting rain that resulted in the Silverstone circuit being covered with puddles and rivers that made driving "treacherous", according to McLaren team-mate Jenson Button.
Of the fans that did brave the elements, Hamilton said: "There were so many great fans out there. I don't remember seeing so many on a Friday. I really appreciate their support, having them here, so I hope they can keep warm, stay strong because hopefully it's going to be a good weekend."
He went on: "But I was concerned for them. It must have been a bit boring for them sitting there and not seeing people go round.
"But we don't have many tyres to waste, so unfortunately we can't afford to go out there and fine tune the set up.
"Perhaps it's something we can look to improve next time."
Hamilton was referring to the fact each driver is only allowed three sets of extreme wets for an entire weekend, so there was concern - with the rain set to continue this weekend - there might not be enough to last.
Ahead of qualifying, Hamilton set an irrelevant fastest time in practice of one minute 56.345secs, prior to which he went for a wander down the pitlane in FP2 to relieve his boredom.
Explaining his meandering, Hamilton said: "It was spontaneous. I was a bit bored, I fancied a walk and I at least gave the fans a wave because they'd not seen anything else.
"It was also nice to have a look at some of the other cars to see what we don't have. It gives me info to go back to the guys at the factory and ask 'Why haven't we tested this?' Most of the time we have tested the parts, but it's always good to ask questions."