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Hamilton hones Mercedes with fastest time at F1 testing

MONTMELO, Spain (AP) — Lewis Hamilton put Mercedes at the top of the timesheet for a second straight day of Formula One preseason testing on Saturday.

The defending F1 champion steered his way late in the day to the session-best lap, a day after teammate Nico Rosberg was quickest on the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit.

Hamilton, however, downplayed his show of speed.

“It wasn’t a particularly spectacular day,” he said. “But I’m still glad we got some running done, and I feel good in the car … I just can’t wait to get racing now, the fun stuff!”

While Mercedes fine-tuned its car with only one more day of testing to go, McLaren’s reliability problems returned. An oil leak ended reserve driver Kevin Magnussen’s day 1

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