Hamilton hits out at tyres as Vettel triumphs

Julian Harris
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BRITAIN’S Lewis Hamilton lashed out again yesterday over the Pirelli tyres used on Formula One cars, despite the German Grand Prix passing without any of the punctures that plagued Silverstone a week earlier.

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel won his home race for the first time at Nurburgring, holding off challenges from the Lotuses of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean to finish in one hour, 41 minutes and 14 seconds.

Hamilton had started the race on pole, but both Mercedes struggled for pace as their tyres wore quickly.

“I have nothing positive to say about these tyres,” said Hamilton, who slipped down the order before fighting back to finish fifth. “We didn’t have any blowouts [this time], but I don’t particularly like the tyres. But everyone else is getting on with them, so we have to work harder.”

Pirelli had been in the spotlight after a series of failures at the British Grand Prix, including one that ended Hamilton’s chances of a win. New tyres were used in yesterday’s race.

Hamilton is now 58 points behind Vettel in the drivers’ championship. The German’s lead at the top over Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was extended to 34 points, while Raikkonen’s second place finish puts him on 116 points, still third in the rankings.