Hamilton certain of progress with tyres
22 May 2013 – Lewis Hamilton is confident that the tyre degradation issues he has suffered so far this season will be greatly reduced in Monaco, with the Mercedes driver explaining that "a huge amount of work" has been undertaken at the team's factory in Brackley.
Having dropped from second to 12th during the Spanish Grand Prix, Hamilton was left bemused by the team's struggles and vowed to find a quick solution. After trawling through data with engineers, the Briton is confident of a significant improvement.
"I definitely [feel it will be better]," the 2008 World Champion commented during Wednesday's press conference in Monte-Carlo. "A huge amount of work has gone into understanding what has gone wrong and the guys at the factory have kickstarted a lot of discussions. It’s a real science trying to understand the tyres but I really feel this weekend will be better than the last. Moving on we should continue to improve."
Asked if Pirelli’s upcoming tyre compound tweaks could help Mercedes, Hamilton explained: "I definitely hope so, as it can’t be any worse for us. The changes will help everyone, really. It will change how the races go, compared to how they have done."
Hamilton also talked positively about Paddy Lowe’s impending arrival from former team McLaren, with the latter due to complete his move to the Silver Arrows on 3 June.
"I’ve obviously had a great experience with Paddy in last five or six years," Hamilton commented. "He’s a great person and massively intelligent, so he’ll be a great asset for the team. I’m really looking forward to working with him moving forward."