GP tire trou­ble blamed on overuse

The Province - - SPORTS - — Reuters

A tire prob­lem that nearly cost Lewis Hamil­ton a record sev­enth Bri­tish Grand Prix vic­tory last week­end was due to a par­tic­u­larly long fi­nal stint on one set, tire sup­plier Pirelli said on Tues­day. Six times For­mula One world cham­pion Hamil­ton won the race at Sil­ver­stone on three wheels and a flat tire af­ter his front left de­flated on the fi­nal lap with some 3.8 km be­tween him and the fin­ish.

“The key rea­son is down to a set of in­di­vid­ual race cir­cum­stances that led to an ex­tremely long use of the sec­ond set of tires,” sole sup­plier Pirelli said in a state­ment af­ter con­duct­ing an ini­tial anal­y­sis.

Sil­ver­stone is also one of the fastest and most de­mand­ing tracks.

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