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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 July 2007, 08:59 GMT 09:59 UK
Tyres 'helping Hamilton to shine'
Lewis Hamilton
Hamilton has not had to "unlearn" anything about F1
Lewis Hamilton has been helped in his stunning start to his Formula One career by the new tyres used this year, Red Bull driver Mark Webber says.

The Australian says more experienced drivers have been hampered by adapting to the new Bridgestone control tyres.

"It has been very difficult for the guys who are seasoned campaigners to get used to these tyres," Webber said.

"The cars are vastly different but that final feel for us in terms of the confidence in the car is the tyres."

Webber describes this as one of a "few little subtleties that have helped [Hamilton] along the way" and admits that many regard tyres as "boring".

Mark Webber
Fernando Alonso has struggled big time on these tyres

Mark Webber (above)
But he pointed out that the Bridgestones behave very differently from the Michelin rubber used by many of Hamilton's rivals in recent years.

Hamilton's McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso, the world champion, and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen had been particularly badly affected because they have driven on Michelins for at least the last five years.

"It's like a golf or tennis player all using the same rackets," said Webber, talking in an interview with BBC Radio Five Live.

"Lewis, his fresh and na´ve approach, that's all he knows. Fernando has struggled big time on these tyres.

"And that's not an excuse and Fernando hasn't used it as one because it's up to us to get on top of it, Kimi is the same. But most of us have found it very frustrating."

Webber was at pains to add that he was not diminishing Hamilton's achievements, which include finishing on the podium in all eight of his races and building up a 14-point world championship lead.

Lewis Hamilton leads Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen
Hamilton has left Alonso and Raikkonen in his wake this year
"Lewis has unquestionably a huge amount of talent and he has an amazing career ahead of him," Webber said.

Meanwhile, Hamilton has said he regards Sunday's British Grand Prix as "the biggest race of the year".

"It's my debut home race," the 22-year-old explained.

"It is going to be another new experience, and I expect the atmosphere will be incredible. I cannot wait to race in front of my home fans.

"To win at this race would be immense, but we have to be realistic with our expectations.

"This is one race out of 17, and as with all the grands prix, I will do my best to win for the fans.

"But the most important thing for them is to enjoy the whole weekend whatever the result will be."

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