Mercede's British driver Lewis Hamilton drives at the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya on March 7, 2017 in Montmelo, on the outskirts of Barcelona during the first day of the second week of tests for the Formula One Grand Prix season. / AFP PHOTO / Josep Lago (Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton was the quicker of the two Mercedes drivers at the Circuit de Catalonia on Tuesday, however the three time champion didn’t have an easy day.

After emerging from pitlane for his first run at 09:05, Lewis only managed to complete 49 laps before the hour-long lunch break at 1pm.

He kicked off the day with aero data collection with some development parts but his programme was cut short by an hour after the team discovered damage to the car’s floor.

“I didn't get a massive amount of laps in this morning but the car was feeling similar to last week,” he explained at the end of the day. “The track wasn't feeling great. We're still just trying to get as much running in as possible, it's still a work in progress.”

“We're on target in terms of the laps that we've done and the mileage, but we're always searching for more performance. I think the car will start to come together this week. There's still bits coming in and we're improving all the time, but I'm confident by Melbourne we'll have the best car we can. We'll have all the upgrade parts, an understanding of the set-up and where we need to put the car to make it fastest.”

“We had some damage to the floor this morning, which is why we stopped early. I sacrificed a little bit of my time to make sure Valtteri's car was fixed for the afternoon.”