A front-row start for Lewis Hamilton was nowhere indicative of Mercedes’ race pace at the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday as the team repeatedly requested the 2008 world champion to look after his tyres.
The Briton, who started second, was the first of the Mercedes drivers to start losing positions. He lost two places on the opening lap itself and kept going backwards failing to stage any sort of significant recover.
"It was an experience I don't want to go through again," Hamilton was quoted saying by Sky Sports F1. "I don't know why it happened. I did absolutely everything I did in Bahrain but the tyres just didn't come in and give me any grip. If I pushed, they went off immediately.
"I'm absolutely lost, I don't know what went wrong."
His teammate Nico Rosberg started from pole position, as he did in the preceding Bahrain Grand Prix but was in the last race, the German lost several positions in Barcelona as well.
"It seems like we didn't make a step forward even though we brought upgrades because we didn't fix the problems of degradation," Hamilton said.
Mercedes instructed its drivers over the radio several times to look after their tyres, as the car ate up the Pirellis.
"I can't drive any slower," Hamilton retorted at one point.
After failing to score a point in Spain, Hamilton is now 39 points behind championship leader Sebastian Vettel.