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Spanish GP: Lewis Hamilton baffled by Mercedes' race slump

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Spanish GP 2013, BarcelonaLewis 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."

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