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Pirelli tyre guidelines ‘much more sensible’ – Hamilton

Pirelli tyre guidelines much more sensible Hamilton

Pirelli tyre guidelines much more sensible Hamilton


Championship leader Lewis Hamilton says that, F1 tyre supplier Pirelli has provided “much more sensible” guidelines to the teams at the Italian GP.

Following the high-speed tyre blowouts suffered by Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel at Spa-Francorchamps, even though Rosberg’s was said to have been a puncture.

And it is believed the sport’s Italian tyre supplier is poised to announce at Monza that Vettel’s failure was also due to a puncture, probably caused by higher-than-normal levels of debris on the Belgian circuit.

Recently Pirelli issued guidelines to the teams ahead of the race weekend, which originally set an increase of up to five psi in terms of tyre pressures.

Hamilton said on Thursday he felt such a boost would be a “disaster”, but after the figures were relaxed he says Pirelli made the right decision.

“I’m not really sure what the wear was like, but it was a much more sensible change once they came down with it,” Hamilton said.

“So out there it doesn’t seem to be so much of a problem, it’s only a psi more than before, so they’ve come down quite a bit.”

“It’s more reliability changes that they did to improve reliability because we’ve got a long way to go still this season. The engine feels fantastic, it is a fantastic engine, but it feels the same.”

“I have [time to find]. I didn’t actually have particularly great first and second sectors; this morning was much better.”

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