Hamilton bemused by tyre degradation
7 July 2013 – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton says he has "nothing positive to say" about Pirelli’s tyres following Sunday afternoon's German Grand Prix, with the Mercedes driver and team-mate Nico Rosberg again suffering from high degradation in race conditions.
Having started from pole position, Hamilton immediately slipped back to third after making a sluggish getaway, before his troubles were compound by severe tyre wear. The Briton salvaged fifth with a late move on compatriot Jenson Button, but is at a loss as to why his team is suffering such major issues compared to its closest rivals.
"I have to hold myself back because I've got nothing positive to say about these tyres," Hamilton explained after the 60-lap race. "I don't understand why we struggled so much, but that's motor racing. The only positive is that we got some points out of it.
"It's a shame because the team is working so hard and doing such a good job. Clearly we've got a good car, but for some reason it just doesn't work on these tyres."
Rosberg finished the race in ninth position, over 45 seconds behind winner Vettel.