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Hamilton allowed to exchange F1 tyre set for Baku race

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Hamilton allowed to exchange F1 tyre set for Baku race

Hamilton allowed to exchange F1 tyre set for Baku race (Images Credit – Getty Images/Mercedes AMG)

Lewis Hamilton will be allowed to exchange his tyres with the same mileage to the ones he damaged in European Grand Prix qualifying for Sunday’s race.

The Brit flat-spotted the front tyres on which he set his fastest time in Q2. Under Formula 1 regulations any drivers who reach Q3 are required to start the race on the tyres they used to set their fastest time in Q2

Today morning Pirelli has confirmed Hamilton will be allowed to exchange his tyres and Mercedes clarified that the front left would be replaced for a different one.

Article 24.4 (g) of the Sporting Regulations states: “Any such tyres damaged during Q2 will be inspected by the FIA technical delegate who will decide, at his absolute discretion, whether any may be replaced and, if so, which tyres they should be replaced with.”

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said after qualifying: “The tyre has a flat-spot and as per the regulations you can change the tyre if it is a safety issue so probably that’s going to happen.

“I guess it was just a bad day for Lewis. If you’re not in your rhythm on a street circuit like this, you’re making mistakes.

“He was blindingly fast in the first sector, in a league of his own, but just couldn’t hook the sectors together.”

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