Hamilton: At the moment it really doesn’t feel like winning is going to happen

Lewis Hamilton during the German GP

Lewis Hamilton during the German GP

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton says that Pirelli’s tyres are ruining his shot at the 2013 Formula 1 World Drivers’ Championship title, and cannot see victory on his horizon.

“I’m not really thinking about the championship now,” said the Nurburgring pole sitter. “There’s really no point.”

Earlier, having seen his Silver Arrows teammate Nico Rosberg win two of the past three grands prix, the Briton sounded optimistic that he could chase down Sebastian Vettel’s points lead after dominating qualifying on Saturday.

But then came Sunday, where it became clear that the move from steel to Kevlar-belted tyres, and the clampdown on team tyre-trickery, had hurt Mercedes considerably.

Hamilton said that the 2013 tyre situation is one of the things separating him from another prominent British sports star, Andy Murray, who has finally broken though to win Wimbledon.

Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes pit garage at Nurburgring

Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes pit garage at Nurburgring

“It is just him and the racket,” said the 2008 world champion.

“So many elements come into motor racing. There is the electronics performing, the suspension, the frickin’ tyres, things that are out of my control,” added Hamilton.

Now Pirelli is making yet another change for Hungary – a new type of tyre, combining the 2012 construction with the 2013 compounds.

“We just have to hope and pray that they work on our car,” Hamilton is quoted by the German news agency DPA.

The 28 year old is not confident, “It would be good to get a win at some stage but at the moment it really doesn’t feel like it’s going to happen.”

But Hamilton said that Fernando Alonso, despite a car development dip for Ferrari, should be more confident.

Asked if the title hunt is effectively over for all of Vettel’s 2013 rivals, he insisted: “Definitely not for Fernando. Fernando’s definitely within shooting range.” (GMM)

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  • McLarenfan

    Tyres tyres & tyres this is not what F1 should be about, man and machine striving to win is the philosophy behind F1

  • Spartacus

    @McLarenfan,
    yes, I have to agree with you that it shouldn’t solely be about tyres. F1 is about technology, unique cars, and drivers. Tyres are an element, but not the whole story.

    I’m finding it rather funny that Hamilton seems to have turned on his new team. Thought it would have happened sooner but Mercedes were quick at the start of the season; quicker than McLaren.

    Really at this point we should be seeing the depth of Hamilton. That he can pick up the team and lift them up the leader board. Moaning as he does in public isn’t going to help anybody.

    With less distractions since splitting with Nicole and you hope without all the hangers on that also brought, that Hamilton would have re-focused on racing. I certainly hoped so.

  • vwtechnician

    Some teams are doing better, much better than others adapting to whatever tires. Getting tired of the teams who are FAILING to do so causing it to be all about the tires with their never ending whining. It’s not like this is a new problem for Mercedes, it’s several years old, lets not pretend like it’s Pirelli’s fault.

  • realf1fan

    Lewis was expecting to be driving among the midfield teams when he signed for Mclaren but they have surprisingly been competitive and have thrown Lewis and Nico in the hunt for race wins and this has now caused Hammi to want a race winning car at every GP which we may not see on high temperature tracks.

  • A41202813GMAIL

    @realf1fan

    ‘MCLAREN’ ?

    Do You Mean ‘MERCEDES’ ?

    Go, HAMILTON !

  • realf1fan

    @ A41202813GMAIL
    Sorry, I meant Mercedes lol