Hamilton: Pirelli tyres hurting pure racing

Monday 1st April 2013

Share:

Hamilton: Pirelli tyres hurting pure racing

Hamilton: Pirelli tyres hurting pure racing

Lewis Hamilton has joined in criticising this year's Pirelli rubber, saying it has made F1 'more strategic rather than pure speed racing'.

The Pirelli tyres have been the talk of the paddock this season as the rubber has proven to suffer from high degradation after the Italian manufacturer opted for a more aggressive approach.

Pirelli, though, may have gone too aggressive according to several drivers.

Following on from Red Bulls' complaints in Malaysia, Hamilton, who finished third at the Sepang circuit, gave his opinion - and it is not at all favourable.

"These tyres make it very hard, very difficult to make them last," he said. "It's not fun, I didn't enjoy the race.

"It's not the same as back in the day when you had stints where you are pushing to the maximum the whole time, you had tyres that would last.

"Now you're just... it's like you have a hundred dollars and you have to spend it wisely over a period of time.

"It makes racing a lot different. It's more strategic rather than pure speed racing."

Gallery: Race Day In Hungary

Editor's Picks

Winners & Losers: Hungary

Winners & Losers: Hungary

Another epic race with Lewis Hamilton oh-so close to the greatest Formula 1 comeback of all time...

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

The season may be underway but you can still enter the PlanetF1 Fantasy League and win prizes on a race-by-race basis...

Ferrari Must Cut Kimi Losses

Ferrari Must Cut Kimi Losses

There appears to be a sense of déjà vu for Ferrari since the return of Kimi Raikkonen, and perhaps it's time for the team to cut their losses...

Team-Mate Wars: British GP

Team-Mate Wars: British GP

Daniil Kvyat is bossing his more experienced team-mate, unlike Kevin Magnussen. Fernando Alonso still has the biggest margin...