Hamilton frustrated with F1 car

Defending Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton blasted his car after finishing out of points in ninth position at the Spanish Grand Prix.

The 24-year-old said his McLaren was so inconsistent along the Circuit de Catalunya it felt at times like driving on ice.

"What can I do?" he said after being lapped by race winner and fellow Briton Jenson Button. "I drove my heart out, as I always do, it's just that the car is not good. I had no grip."

He added: "It's just a shame they (McLaren) haven't given me a car to defend the championship with. It's that bad because I'm driving the socks off it, yet there's just no hope.

"I gave it 100% for the entire race, so ninth place doesn't feel like the proper reward for the team who worked hard all weekend."

Hamilton is now 32 points behind Button and his chances of catching up appear to be fading away with 12 races to go this season.

He admitted: "At the moment we don't have the car to win the championship."

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