FORMER world champion Lewis Hamilton fears ongoing concerns over Pirelli tyres could cost him his maiden Mercedes victory at this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
The 28-year-old was on pole position for the German Grand Prix earlier this month, but had to settle for fifth place after being let down by his fast-wearing tyres.
And the British driver admits durability remains on his mind.
“We haven’t understood these tyres, or we would have had better results,” he said. “I come here [Hungary] positive because I know that I have a car that’s improved with more upgrades.
“It’s really a positive feeling going to a track knowing it’s going to be good, whether the tyres will work in our favour or not. The only downer is the tyres.”
Teams have learned they will receive a 10-place grid penalty if a car leaves the pits with a loose wheel, after a cameraman was struck by one at the Nurburgring.