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Hamilton rues worst year in wet

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Lewis Hamilton says he has "no hope" of being competitive in wet conditions with the Mercedes W04 following practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Nico Rosberg topped the timesheets in both sessions at Interlagos, with rain ensuring all of the running was done on either the intermediate or wet tyre. With Hamilton previously renowned for being strong in such conditions he said there is something with the car that he doesn't like in the wet and that he's never known a year so bad.

"Particularly in this car it's been the worst year of wet running in my whole career," Hamilton said. "I've been looking back at my career and in the rain was always the best for me; that was when I could really make the difference. In this car there's no hope for me. I don't know what is going on but we are just really, really struggling with the throttle mapping and all these kind of things, but clearly the car is quick enough because Nico is able to do it. So I've really just got to work hard and try to figure out what it is.

"I'm struggling just to keep it in the track for some reason. It was the same in Australia and I can't remember where else it has been raining but it has always been the same."

Having not emerged from the pits until the final 20 minutes of FP2 in order to preserve tyres for the rest of the weekend, Hamilton said the regulations needed changing.

"It's kind of silly that you have a whole test day and you can't go out because you haven't got enough tyres, so it's not good for the spectators … I'm pretty sure if you don't use the tyres they cut them up - the brand new tyres that you don't use they cut up."

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