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Hamilton’s Bahrain practice tyre failure is a bit of a doubt

During the final stage of third practice session for Bahrain Grand Prix Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton’s tyre failure and it’s costing him a five-place grid penalty, following the gearbox change and suspension failure.

Pirelli revealed that still not really sure about how it happened in Hamilton rear-left tyre, initially they said debris caused Hamilton’s tyre failure, but sufficient evidence not received after analysis, So that failure is a bit of a question mark.

Last race weekend at Bahrain, Mercedes was struggling with high rear tyre temperatures, pole sitter Nico Rosberg adopt four pit-stops and finished ninth. Even as Pirelli confirms that Felipe Massa’s double failure in the race was entirely down to debris, the Brazilian also takes on four-stop and finished on 15th.

“The Hamilton tyre is something that we need to look at a lot more to understand as we are not really sure about how it happened,” Hembery told Autosport.

“There is very little evidence there, other than overheating, about what it could be. The only thing we have is that van der Garde was following Lewis, and he picked up a huge cut through the top of the tyre at the same time.

“We will take all the pieces apart and do a full lab analysis, that will either confirm our initial findings, or make us realise that we need to do something and have to implement some changes. He added

“There will be a full analysis. We treat every incident very seriously.”


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