F1 » Hamilton ‘not giving up’ despite facing ‘tallest order’

Lewis Hamilton, after chance to reflect on the Italian Grand Prix, insists that he was hasty to rule himself out of 2013 title contention.

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September 09, 2013 7:49 PM

jamal. do you not understand tyre technology? tyres have a certain life and then they tend to go slower. the car that as two stops will have an advantage of newer tyres, three times in the race, and can thus GAIN time, especially over the top ten in quali, who start on used tyres and have only ONE set of news during the race. that is why lulu was able to get past other cars. he was on newer tyres!


September 09, 2013 8:28 PM
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Jamal why would you not start on the harder tyre? It's more durable so can cope with the fuel load at the start then have 2 spells on the faster soft tyre when everyone else is suffering on the slower hard tyres.

As for the slow puncture, he drove with it for 3 laps after being told about it and managed to set fastest lap up to that point. Odd to say the least!


September 09, 2013 8:39 PM

jamal, I would start on the harder tyre as i would be able to pit later. the softer tyres would have gone off and caused those using them to have slower times. when the time came to change tyres, the cars would be spread out and the chance of finding a clear gap would be greatly increased. further, as I would now be on new tyres, I would be faster than those who had changed from their softer tyres sooner.


September 09, 2013 9:30 PM

Jamal, Just because Lulu does something once doesn't make it best practise!
You choose a strategy based on the track, conditions, car all sorts of things. Ideal world I'd say starting on harder tyres is the best bet, but it depends on a multitude of things!

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