Hamilton 'destroyed tyres' behind Massa
27 October 2013 – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton says he was unable to achieve more than sixth position in the Indian Grand Prix after "destroying" his tyres behind Felipe Massa.
While team-mate Nico Rosberg made late progress to emerge in second position, Hamilton could not find a way past his Ferrari rival during the closing stages of the race, with his attempts subsequently allowing Sergio Pérez to pull off a move.
Speaking to reporters after the race, Hamilton commented: "The car has been pretty good this weekend but the race was frustrating for me. I tried so hard to get past Felipe but it just wasn't possible and unfortunately I destroyed my tyres in doing so.
"Finishing in sixth place is never satisfying but we've got three more races and we'll keep pushing. I'm confident that we can get some more good results to keep the team in second [in the Constructors' standings] and we'll keep fighting to achieve just that."
Hamilton also paid tribute to Red Bull rival Sebastian Vettel, after the German picked up his fourth successive Drivers' crown with another commanding Indian victory.
"Massive congratulations to Seb on becoming four-time World Champion," Hamilton explained. "That's an awesome achievement and he's put in some incredible performances this season. I really hope we get to take the fight to him next year!"