Lewis Hamilton not worried by short practice at United States Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates on the podium after winning the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on July 6, 2014
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Mercedes's Lewis Hamilton insists that the problem that forced him to miss the end of second practice for the United States Grand Prix is not "anything big".

Lewis Hamilton has said that he does not think the problem that cut short his second practice for this weekend's United States Grand Prix is "anything big".

The Briton missed almost 20 minutes of the session in Austin because of a hydraulics issue, although he still finished the day with the fastest time, beating Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by three-thousandths of a second.

The world championship leader told Sky Sports News: "There was fluid on the floor, a leak of some kind, but I don't think it is anything big. It's not helpful but Nico had a long run so as a team we will get data from that, and for me I'll get a better feel during the race.

"Nico is looking very quick, it is going to be very tough, but I am up for the battle. There will be many battles this weekend but he is the closest on time."

The team clinched the constructors' title at the Russian Grand Prix earlier this month.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain lifts up his winning trophy on the podium after the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay street circuit on September 21, 2014
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