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Hamilton confused by Monaco tyres woes

Morning pace setter Lewis Hamilton admits he is confused by the tyres nature that Mercedes struggled in Thursday’s second practice in Monaco. The Brit was unable to bid a more detailed reason for his pace missing.

Hamilton’s best time, 1:13.873, left him suffering in eighth place while his title rival Sebastian Vettel was fastest with a 1:12.720. The evening session saw warmer track temperatures, but the Hamilton was at a loss to clarify why his Mercedes had unexpectedly started struggling for grip.

“I can’t [explain it] because I don’t understand it,” he said. “FP1 was really good and the car was feeling great and then it was a night and day difference, black and white, in FP2.

“Something’s wrong and we are just trying to understand why the tyres aren’t working.

“We couldn’t work the tyres for whatever reason and there was a lot of sliding about. So there is a lot of studying to do to try and understand where we went wrong, but I’m confident in my guys that they will find it.”

Time, though, is on Mercedes’ side as they will next take to the track on Saturday morning.

Hamilton added: “That’s something we have to study and figure out for Saturday.

“It gives the guys here more time to work on the car, spread over two days, rather than everything tonight.”

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