Former world champion Lewis Hamilton has shrugged off the disappointment of the Bahrain Grand Prix, admitting he needs more practice on the Pirelli tyres adopted this season.
The 2008 winner led the championship standings going into the race in the Middle East and things had started well enough for the Brit after qualifying in second place on the grid.
But in a day of high drama on and off the race track, Hamilton soon found himself lagging behind in Bahrain and eventually had to settle for a lowly tenth place finish.
While remaining in the points, the position was not enough to prevent German rival Sebastian Vettel from moving to the top of the leader board, following a near-faultless display.
Despite the disappointing result though, Lewis Hamilton refused to blame the team or the tyres for his problems on the track, instead admitting he was eager to get to grips with the Pirelli compounds.
“I need to get back in the car,” he said.
“We need to figure out why the tyres are going off. If there are other things to test or ways to figure out, I will be the one to do it, not let someone else do it.”
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