Hamilton hopes poor tyres won’t cost him first victory in Hungary

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.