After a delayed Mercedes pitstop, Pirelli called Lewis Hamilton’s tyre choice “hazardous.”
During the Turkish Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton’s Pirelli brand tyre gamble was deemed “hazardous.”
Lewis Hamilton’s refusal to pit for new intermediate tyres in the final stages of the Turkish Grand Prix has been dubbed “dangerous” by F1 tyre supplier Pirelli.
With the grooves wearing down severely during his stint, the seven-time world champion was brought in by his race engineer to swap his tyres for a new pair of intermediates.
Mercedes race engineer Peter Bonnington brought Hamilton into the pits with the tyres almost 40 laps old, but the 36-year-old initially ignored the team’s request.
Despite the fact that the tyres were almost 40 laps old, Hamilton refused to pit and insisted that it was preferable to stay out on his current set.
On lap 51 of 58, Hamilton trudged to the pits, with nearly the entire grid on new tyres save for Alpine’s Esteban Ocon.
Mercedes’ late gamble, though, failed to pay off, and Hamilton was left angry over the radio, claiming that the team had made the incorrect decision in bringing him in.
Despite the fact that Ocon finished the race without pitting, Pirelli’s F1 Head Mario Isola believes it would have been a very risky gamble for Mercedes and Hamilton to do so as well.
“Looking at the tyres after the race, I’d say no or at the very least it was at the limit,” Isola said to Sky Sports. “The tyre wear, especially at the conclusion of the race, they were virtually running on the construction.” It’s a little risky to push the boundaries like this today. I understand that in a racing situation, they must maximize the outcome.
“I feel that every car is different, so the level of wear varies, as does how hard they push during the race, but the tyres were mostly exposed wires.”
Hamilton carved his way through the pack following a superb duel with Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, despite starting 11th due to a 10-place grid penalty for changing his engine ahead of Friday’s practice session.
However, after confronting the difficult decision, Hamilton restarted in fifth place, and his gamble to pit so late didn’t pay off, as the seven-time world champion struggled to pass Charles’ Ferrari. “Brinkwire News Summary.”