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Lewis Hamilton walks dog speaks on Pirelli tyre wear effect on Formula 1 Grand Prix with Sergio Perez

By Ian Parkes, Press Association PUBLISHED: 08:55 EST, 21 February 2013 | UPDATED: 13:09 EST, 21 February 2013 After 121 difficult laps in his Mercedes yesterday at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya, Lewis Hamilton took time out today to walk his dog ahead of day three of the winter pre-season Formula One test.Looking relaxed in a team jacket and large pair of shades, Hamilton carried a football under his arm as he walked Roscoe.Hamilton also admitted looking after the latest range of Pirelli tyres ‘isn’t easy.’ Walkies: Hamilton takes time out from gruelling pre-season to walk Roscoe Concern: Hamilton, pictured today, admitted looking after the new Pirelli tyres isn’t easy McLaren driver Sergio Perez backed up Hamilton’s claim, voicing his concerns the new tyres could turn this year’s Grand Prix into pit stop free-for-alls.Perez finished the second day of the second pre-season Formula One test yesterday at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya at the top of the timesheet in his McLaren.Perez’s time was two-tenths of a second faster than the best from the eight days of testing at the track last pre-season as Pirelli appears to have delivered on its vow to make this year’s rubber quicker.As a further part of the revolution, Pirelli also believes each driver will face at least two pit stops per race this year. Free-for-all: Perez, in his McLaren car yesterday, is concerned about tyre wear this year Perez, however, fears Pirelli may have gone too far as he said: ‘It’s extreme. The degradation is very difficult. It’s a big surprise.’Normally in winter testing we see a lot of degradation, but never this much.’We are going to have a race here (Spanish Grand Prix in May) so it’s a bit of a worry.’But we are still learning about the tyres and I think once we go racing I hope things will change.’I hope it changes, because if we are in this situation in Melbourne (venue for the season-opening race on March 17) we are going to see something like seven or 10 stops.’ Force: Paul Di Resta of Force India says understanding the tyres is a priority Force India’s Paul Di Resta, though, believes he and his team are beginning to develop a strong understanding of the new Pirellis.’Understanding the tyres is always a priority and we’re getting a feel for the degradation rates, which have been quite high,” said Di Resta.’However, we have to remember…

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