Lewis Hamilton hopes Ferrari pace is genuine

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MEXICO CITY, Mexico -- Lewis Hamilton says it would be "amazing" if Ferrari's practice pace at the Mexican Grand Prix turns out to be genuine.

Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time of all in second practice, 0.004s quicker than Hamilton and 0.469s faster than Nico Rosberg. Hamilton needs to win on Sunday to help his championship campaign, but ideally needs Rosberg to finish fourth or lower to put his title chances back in his hands at the final two races.

Asked if the Ferraris could get in the mix on Sunday, Hamilton said: "It would be amazing if there were up there with us as well as Red Bull.

"Honestly, I'm not really focusing on other people so I'm not really surprised about anything, I'm just focused on doing my job. They look like they are quite quick, they are obviously not as quick as us at the moment but maybe tomorrow will be different -- who knows.

"I think I had more time on my lap, I think my best lap was lap five or something so the tyres were old by then. It'll be interesting tomorrow but I hope they are in the battle with us."

Last year Hamilton struggled for pace in Mexico compared to Rosberg, but he said he was already feeling much more comfortable.

"The programme went well, on the super-soft run I didn't really get a good lap so I know I have some more time in it so I think tomorrow is going to be interesting. It's a much better Friday than it was last year here on Friday."