Spanish GP: Lewis Hamilton baffled by Mercedes' race slump
|By Matt Beer||Sunday, May 12th 2013, 14:23 GMT|
Lewis Hamilton declared himself baffled by the extent of Mercedes' tyre struggles in the Spanish Grand Prix, as he plummeted from the front row to a lapped 12th.
Although Hamilton's team-mate Nico Rosberg managed to salvage sixth place, the 2008 world champion tumbled down the field.
"It was an experience that I don't really want to go through again," said Hamilton.
"Today I was doing absolutely everything the same as I did in Bahrain.
"But I had no grip, I couldn't push, and if I did, the tyre just went off immediately.
"I'm absolutely lost today. I don't know what went wrong."
Hamilton admitted he had expected Mercedes to have made more progress resolving its tyre troubles since Bahrain.
"It seems others made a bigger step for this weekend than us," he said.
"Even though we brought upgrades, we didn't make any progress with the degradation."