Lewis Hamilton bemused by loss of race pace

Updated: 04 November 2013 22:30 IST

Hamilton feels that he has 'not got on well' with the new car, but was happy with the team's performance.

Lewis Hamilton bemused by loss of race pace

Abu Dhabi:

Lewis Hamilton admitted that he is bemused by his own disappointing recent race form after finishing seventh in Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

His Mercedes team-mate German Nico Rosberg came home third.

Briton Hamilton said: "Even if I was ahead, I would have been overtaken, I just wasn't good overall.

"It was like I had another 50kg in the car, I was just too slow. Just no pace.

"Ultimately I am not particularly happy with my performance, but I am very happy with the team's performance.

"The development and hard work that has gone in has been remarkable. For whatever reasons, maybe being a new car, I have not got on well with it.

"And really it is for me very, very confusing. I was half a second up on my qualifying lap, 100 per cent, and if I hadn't made a mistake and been on the front row, the position would have been different.

"But still, when I get to the race I don't know what happens. I really struggle. For a lot of races it's been like that."

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