Hamilton: The car is a disaster on heavy fuel loads, there’s a lot of hard work ahead 8 July, 2013 Lewis Hamilton not happy with the race pace of the Mercedes W04 What a big difference 24-hours can make in Formula 1 was clearly illustrated by Lewis Hamilton at the German Grand Prix, where he delivered a stunning lap to take pole position in qualifying at Nurburgring, but struggled to fifth place in the race. After claiming top spot on the grid the Mercedes driver was oozing confidence, “In my wildest dreams, when I joined Mercedes I did not expect to win the championship in the first year. But I really don’t know what is realistic at the moment.” The next day, after the Red Bulls powered past him on either side, Hamilton battled with an ill handling car which was clearly a handful in the hotter conditions that prevailed in Germany. After the race, while speaking to reporters, the 2008 world champion did not mince his words, “The car is a disaster on heavy fuel loads. It’s always a shock when a race goes bad. You never expect it to go as bad as it does.” Lewis hamilton in the Mercedes pit garage during the German GP weekend “You find you are digging yourself out of a hole right towards the end of a race when all of a sudden the car starts working. It’s very frustrating.” “I have nothing positive to say about these tyres. If you can’t get past a Sauber, you know you have issues – especially when you were over a second faster in qualifying,” lamented Hamilton who has yet to win a race since moving to the team at the start of the season. “I’m not really thinking about the championship now. There’s really no point – especially as [Sebastian Vettel] is nearly 60 points ahead,” mused Hamilton. “Hopefully we’ll have a better chance at the next race but, for now, there’s a lot of hard work ahead of us,” concluded the 2008 world champion. (GP247) Subbed by AJN.