Hamilton's tyre troubles resurface

PUBLISHED: 14:55 16 May 2008 | UPDATED: 22:26 26 October 2009

Motorsports / Formula 1: World Championship 2008, GP of Turkey , 
22 Lewis Hamilton (GBR, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes),
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Motorsports / Formula 1: World Championship 2008, GP of Turkey , 22 Lewis Hamilton (GBR, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes), *** Local Caption *** +++ www.hoch-zwei.net +++ copyright: HOCH ZWEI / Michael Kunkel +++

HOCH ZWEI / Michael Kunkel

LEWIS Hamilton s second place finish in the Turkish Grand Prix was not without incident with questions again being raised regarding his tyres. In what was an unusual three-stop strategy, this effectively prevented him from winning the race with the Tewin

Lewis Hamilton's McLaren from above

LEWIS Hamilton's second place finish in the Turkish Grand Prix was not without incident with questions again being raised regarding his tyres.

In what was an unusual three-stop strategy, this effectively prevented him from winning the race with the Tewin driver only 3.7 seconds behind Ferrari rival Felipe Massa.

Martin Whitmarsh, CEO Formula 1 of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, explained the reasoning behind the strategy in Istanbul.

"We had concerns about tyre durability, although obviously we didn't advertise the fact," said Whitmarsh.

"It affected Lewis in particular and we took a number of preventative measures.

"We increased tyre pressures on Saturday morning, but although that addressed the problem to a degree, it didn't do so sufficiently to give us the margin we needed."

Following the race, the 23-year-old Herts race ace declared the performance as his "finest F1 performance to date," perhaps taking into account the struggle he has encountered using the Bridgestone tyres.

And Whitmarsh believes the problems can be attributed to a tricky turn eight for undue pressure exerted on the tyres.

He added: "We're very strong in high-speed corners and our chassis generates a lot of front-end grip.

"Last year we had a chunking problem with the tyre, this time it was sidewall delamination.

"Bridgestone acknowledged as much, but they are good, strong partners and we'll continue to work with them to make sure we don't have any recurrence."

Lewis is tied second in the Drivers' World Championship with Istanbul winner Massa, and is now seven points behind defending F1 champion Kimi Raikkonen.

He will be hoping the tyre saga will be a thing of the past as he looks forward to the tricky Monte Carlo circuit at the Monaco Grand Prix next Sunday (May 25).


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