RECORD BID DENIED: Lewis Hamilton says the 'weird' performance of his tyres are to blame for his lack of pace during qualifying for the 2015 Singapore GP. Image: AP / Mark Baker
Singapore - Lewis Hamilton blamed the "weird" performance of his tyres on Saturday as his run of seven straight pole positions came crashing to a halt at the 2015 Singapore GP.
The Mercedes championship leader was never in the running in qualifying as he came in fifth, 1.4 seconds slower than pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari.
Afterwards Hamilton, who missed out on equalling Ayrton Senna's record of eight consecutive poles, said his tyres weren't performing as expected - but couldn't explain why.
Tyres to blame?
He told Sky Sports: "It's so weird: you heat them up the same as everyone else, you do your warm-up lap the same as everyone else.
"Then you finish your lap, which you think will be okay grip and then you see someone else a second up the road. So it's very strange."
Hamilton also admitted that Mercedes could struggle in Sunday's race, with team mate Nico Rosberg starting alongside him on the grid in sixth.
As it happened: 2015 Singapore GP - Qualifying
Hamilton said: "The goal's to still win the race, but it's very hard to overtake here and the others, particularly the Red Bulls, were incredibly quick through the long runs.
"It is what it is. We'll fight as hard as we can but I doubt we'll find something between now and tomorrow. But if we do, great."
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