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Lewis Hamilton: Pirelli tyres costing me 2013 title bid

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Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes renewed issues with Pirelli tyres are costing him in his bid to win the 2013 title.

The Briton, who now lies fourth in the standings, was again on pole for the German Grand Prix, however just when it appeared Mercedes had got over it's tyre issues, they returned with a vengeance in the race.

"I'm not really thinking about the championship now. There's really no point," he said post-race.

The German GP saw an introduction of new restrictions on tyres and a new kevlar belt inside the tyres replacing the old steel belt.

The new belt does not appear to be the main factor however, indeed Mercedes was one of the big pushers for the new tyres to be introduced, instead the restrictions on how the tyres can be set up appears to have been the bigger problem.

"I think the ability to swap tyres was a good way of offsetting the stress of the tyre," Ross Brawn told AFP news agency.

"You could use it in qualifying and then swap it, and have it in a different condition for the race."

However that process was banned from the German GP as it was highlighted as one of the major causes for the tyre failures at the British Grand Prix.

Another new tyre is being introduced for the next race in Hungary - which is a mix of the 2012 construction with the 2013 compounds - however Hamilton did not sound confident when asked if that provided any hope for him.

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

"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," said the 28-year-old.

 

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