Connect with us

Chinese GP

Hamilton wary about Pirelli wets in China

Published

on

Lewis Hamilton admitted he is concerned that his first taste of Pirelli’s new wet tyres will be this weekend in China.

The weather forecast throughout the Shanghai weekend is poor, and Friday’s opening session was indeed badly affected by rain.

Less concerned is Hamilton’s current title nemesis Sebastian Vettel, who has snapped up every opportunity to help Pirelli test for this year’s new rules.

“The reason why I’m generally happy to do it (testing) is because I love driving. So when there’s an opportunity to test, even though it can sometimes be a bit dull, still it’s better than sitting on the bike,” said the Ferrari driver.

In contrast is Mercedes driver Hamilton’s approach, with the Briton having cited injury niggles and car reliability issues as the reason for not extensively testing.

Indeed, in China Hamilton said taking up the testing opportunities would have been “a waste of time”.

But that doesn’t mean he won’t admit to feeling “apprehensive” about the weather forecast for this weekend.

“I am not really looking forward to a wet track because I haven’t driven on the new tyres. Usually I like driving in the wet, but I am a little bit apprehensive,” Hamilton said.

“If you had to bolt them on for qualifying right now I have never driven them before,” he added. “It is a much bigger tyre this year and there is a big risk that in the wet you damage the car.

“But I do relish the challenge and I believe if anyone is able to do it, I can, so I will figure it out,” said Hamilton.

Vettel, meanwhile, said he will continue to snap up “every opportunity” to test, amid tight track-time restrictions in modern-day F1.

“That’s personal, but I can’t understand why you would reject it,” said the German. “I think there’s always something you learn, so the days I did with Pirelli to help them get feedback, for sure they also helped me.”

Loading...

Comments

Latest Results




Latest F1 News

2019 F111 hours ago

Mercedes not opposed to budget cap – Wolff

Mercedes is not opposed to the introduction of a budget cap in formula one. Earlier, based on an interview in...

2019 F111 hours ago

There is more to come – Helmut Marko

Honda is promising more power, and Red Bull is determined to improve its chassis after the new works pairing impressed...

2019 F111 hours ago

Overtaking no easier in 2019 – Grosjean

Overtaking has not become easier with the new-for-2019 front wing designs. In a bid to help drivers to follow and...

2019 F111 hours ago

Former Bottas sponsor not responding to Bottas comments

Valtteri Bottas’ former long-time sponsor is not commenting on whether he thinks the Mercedes’ driver’s comments were specifically addressed to...

2019 F112 hours ago

Five theories to explain Ferrari crisis

Elements of the Italian media are wondering if Ferrari’s 2019 title hopes have collapsed after just a single race. The...

2019 F11 day ago

Red Bull not looking behind at Ferrari – Marko

Red Bull-Honda is setting its sights on championship leaders Mercedes, not the struggling Ferrari team. That is the claim of...

2019 F11 day ago

Too soon to say pressure getting to Gasly – Horner

Boss Christian Horner has backed new recruit Pierre Gasly after a difficult start to 2019 for the Red Bull driver....

2019 F11 day ago

Mercedes still opposed to budget cap – Wolff

Toto Wolff has renewed Mercedes’ opposition to plans for team budget caps in 2021. In Melbourne, FIA president Jean Todt...

2019 F11 day ago

Ricciardo needs harder skin for midfield life – boss

Cyril Abiteboul says Daniel Ricciardo may develop a “harder skin” for life further down the F1 grid. Having switched from...

2019 F11 day ago

Italian press blasts weak Vettel

Mattia Binotto says Ferrari is not panicking after a bad start to the 2019 season. The entire paddock was stunned...




Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media