By Alex Kapadia
Lewis Hamilton has admitted that the new Formula One tyres supplied by Pirelli are ‘difficult to use’.
The tyres have been designed to degrade faster than those previously supplied by Bridgestone, in the hope of spicing up the racing.
However, several drivers have expressed their frustration with the new rubber.
Hamilton spoke out after three days of testing with the MP4-26 in Barcelona alongside fellow McLaren team-mate Jenson Button.
The MP4-26 is only at its second test after the team decided to spend more time fine-tuning it at the factory and sent the 2010 car to the first test in Valencia.
Hamilton told the BBC: “We had a couple of technical issues which we were able to sort out.”
Commenting on the results of the testing, Hamilton added: “It’s difficult to know how much is car and how much of it is tyres but tyres are very difficult to use this year.
“When you come here it’s even more hardcore than it was in the last test than we had.
“Even last year when we had heavy fuel you had to drive it a bit easier on heavy fuel in the race to preserve the tyres.
“Today I probably drove a bit easier on the first long run but the tyres just go away so fast and there’s nothing you can do about it.
“The second run I tried to look after it even more and it was like driving an out lap it was just very slow and not particularly exciting. It lasted a little bit longer but it didn’t feel like I was racing the car.”