Lewis Hamilton failed to turn his pole position into a race victory at the German Grand Prix last weekend.
Racing at Nurburgring, the Mercedes AMG Petronas driver snatched pole position in the dying stages of qualifying to maintain an impressive run of form for his Brackley-based team.
However, in extreme heat, Hamilton found that his car suffered heavy tyre wear during the race that ruled him out of contention of winning. Fifth position was his reward at the fall of the chequered flag.
The British racer said: “It was a difficult race for the team in many ways. As the race was in Germany hopes were very high for a good showing and I was pleased with my qualifying performance.
“Sadly in the race I didn’t have the pace of the cars around me and as a result I did struggle. Fifth is not bad, but it should have been better.”
Nico Rosberg, winner of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, wasn’t able to repeat his success.
The German missed the top 10 shoot-out in qualifying due to a miscalculation by the team, and he toiled under the hot sun to finish in a lowly ninth.
Silverstone’s Sahara Force India and Bicester’s Toro Rosso endured a frustrating weekend as both teams missed out on points.
Paul di Resta led the two teams – finishing 11th. The Scot said: “I hoped to score points. It is a good track and I have raced many times around here but today the car didn’t have the pace needed.”
His team-mate, Adrian Sutil, followed him home in 12th, while Daniel Ricciardo was 13th for Toro Rosso with his team-mate, Jean-Eric Vergne, retiring early when his car developed hydraulic problems.
Sebastian Vettel won the race in his Red Bull, with Kimi Raikkonen second and Romain Grosjean third. Next race: Hungary, July 28.