Hamilton encourages Pirelli to choose softer compounds

Reigning Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has encouraged Pirelli to bring the softer compound tyre range to future events.

So far this season, Pirelli has been conservative in its tyre choice, with the majority of races only featuring one pitstop for the lead cars.

But, despite a number of tyre failures in the British Grand Prix, which brought in to question whether Pirelli would introduce a harder compound range, the Italian tyre manufacturer stuck to their guns and brought a softer range for the second race at Silverstone.

As a result, it forced all teams to make two stops in the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, with some pitting three times, and it also gave teams the choice to use a number of different strategies.

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And, although Hamilton lost out on a chance to win the race as a direct result of the softer tyres and strategy, he admitted it made for a more exciting race, and hopes Pirelli continue to choose the softer range in the future.

“We’ve come here with the softer tyres which, I think, has made the race even more exciting as we set about a two stop.” Hamilton said in Sunday’s FIA press conference.

“Part of me doesn’t want to propose that we go with softer tyres moving forwards because maybe we’ll be in this position again, but ultimately, one-stop sucks.

“We should never be doing one-stops, I think in this sport.

“It’s never been good watching as a fan. It makes it more exciting when there’s more.”

Max Verstappen started the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix on the harder compound tyre and was able to take the lead after both of the Mercedes cars struggled on the medium.

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But, once Hamilton switched tyres in the first stops, he did attempt to carry them through to the end, although the blistering on his tyres meant he was unable to do so.

In the end the strategy didn’t work out and the world champion had to pit for fresh tyres, before passing the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc and Valtteri Bottas to cross the line in second, and although he was unable to win his fourth consecutive Grand Prix, he found it just as exciting.

“I was trying to go for a one-stop at the end but there was a lot of vibration with the tyres that we had and I didn’t know if the tyre was going to last if I’m being honest.” he added.

“Not just with the rubber but I just a rear tyre blow-out through a corner was too big a risk to take; that would have been end of race, so I think it was a good decision by the team.

“I was trying to keep going but there were a lot of laps to go and Max, I think at the end, was doing 28s, 29s and I couldn’t do that on the tyre old tyres, so congratulations to him, he did a fantastic job.

“And it was an exciting race for me with the struggle we had, keeping the car on track and not losing my cool and bringing it home and getting the points, so really happy with it.”