German GP: Lewis Hamilton downcast about Mercedes' tyre wear plight

Lewis Hamilton again criticised Pirelli's tyres after failing to convert pole position into victory for the second race in a row in Germany

German GP: Lewis Hamilton downcast about Mercedes' tyre wear plight

The Mercedes driver slipped from first to third due to a bad start and finished fifth, almost 27 seconds adrift of winner Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull.

German Grand Prix race report

Hamilton said he was mystified by Mercedes' lack of pace in the race compared to rivals Red Bull, Lotus and Ferrari.

"I have to hold myself back because I've got nothing positive to say about these tyres," Hamilton said.

"I don't understand why we struggled so much on them, but that's motor racing. The only positive is that we got some points.

"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."

German Grand Prix gallery

Hamilton said it "doesn't help" that Mercedes will miss the forthcoming young driver test at Silverstone, after being banned for using its current car to conduct tyre testing for Pirelli after May's Spanish Grand Prix.

"Missing the test doesn't help, but that's the way it is," he added.

"We just have to keep pushing forward and hope and pray that this new batch of tyres works on our car."

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