Hamilton's Bahrain practice tyre blow to be investigated further

Pirelli wants to have a more detailed look at the damaged tyre from Lewis Hamilton's car in Bahrain, amid suspicions its failure in practice may not have been down to debris

Hamilton's Bahrain practice tyre blow to be investigated further

The Italian tyre manufacturer initially suspected that a piece of metal - which also punctured a tyre on Giedo van der Garde's Caterham on the same part of the track - was to blame for Hamilton's problem in final practice.

The incident required Mercedes to make a gearbox change, costing Hamilton a five-place grid penalty.

But after conceding that the failure was not typical of a normal puncture, Pirelli is taking the tyre to its Milan headquarters to work out whether debris did contribute or not.

Throughout the weekend, Mercedes was struggling with high rear tyre temperatures, which could also have played a part in the tyre failing in the way it did.

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery told AUTOSPORT that further examination of Hamilton's tyre was essential, while there was no doubt that Felipe Massa's double failure in the race was entirely down to debris.

"The Hamilton tyre is something that we need to look at a lot more to understand as we are not really sure about how it happened," Hembery explained.

"There is very little evidence there, other than overheating, about what it could be.

"The only thing we have is that van der Garde was following Lewis, and he picked up a huge cut through the top of the tyre at the same time.

"So that failure is a bit of a question mark, whereas the two from Massa were very straightforward."

Pirelli has a mobile laboratory that it takes to every race, but Hembery said any action about the tyre failure would only be taken after a detailed forensic analysis back at its headquarters.

"We will take all the pieces apart and do a full lab analysis," he said.

"That will either confirm our initial findings, or make us realise that we need to do something and have to implement some changes.

"There will be a full analysis. We treat every incident very seriously."

shares
comments
McLaren refuses to switch focus to 2014 F1 car despite poor start
Previous article

McLaren refuses to switch focus to 2014 F1 car despite poor start

Next article

Dealing with a fiery young team-mate

Dealing with a fiery young team-mate
How departing F1 boss Brawn views F1’s new rules - and the future Plus

How departing F1 boss Brawn views F1’s new rules - and the future

Multiple-title-winning designer and team boss Ross Brawn is finally leaving Formula 1 after nearly 50 years in motorsport. But he still has plenty of insights on what’s working and what comes next, as he revealed to Autosport in a far-reaching exclusive interview in Abu Dhabi

Formula 1
Dec 2, 2022
The key F1 management call Ferrari must make to avoid more defeat Plus

The key F1 management call Ferrari must make to avoid more defeat

OPINION: Mattia Binotto’s departure from Ferrari will naturally bring a range of changes across the Formula 1 team. But how the changes shape up and the impact they could have is set to be dictated by a key direction Ferrari’s top dogs will need to pick

Formula 1
Nov 30, 2022
The difference between Mercedes’ stumble and the fall of F1 giants Plus

The difference between Mercedes’ stumble and the fall of F1 giants

OPINION: Mercedes endured its worst season of the hybrid Formula 1 era, but was mercifully spared its first winless campaign in over a decade late on. It has owned up to the mistakes it made which led to its troubled W13. And while its task to return to title-challenging contention is not small, its 2022 season seems more like a blip than the beginning of a downward spiral.

Formula 1
Nov 29, 2022
The physical focus bringing out the best of an F1 midfield star Plus

The physical focus bringing out the best of an F1 midfield star

Esteban Ocon likes to point out he’s the first driver since Lewis Hamilton to emerge from a spell as Fernando Alonso’s team-mate with a superior overall points record. While some may disagree, as LUKE SMITH discovered, the 2021 Hungarian GP winner reckons it’s not just luck which has made him France’s pre-eminent Formula 1 driver of the moment…

Formula 1
Nov 28, 2022
How Red Bull's dynamic leader shaped its F1 philosophy Plus

How Red Bull's dynamic leader shaped its F1 philosophy

The death of Dietrich Mateschitz last month has not only deprived Red Bull of its visionary founder, it has shorn Formula 1 of one of its most influential benefactors. Mateschitz himself was famously media-shy, preferring to let the brand do the talking on his behalf. And, while it’s now normal to speak of Red Bull F1 titles and champions made, Mateschitz never assumed it would be easy or even possible – as ANTHONY ROWLINSON discovered during this previously unpublished interview from 2006…

Formula 1
Nov 27, 2022
Can Mercedes break Formula 1's cycle of doom? Plus

Can Mercedes break Formula 1's cycle of doom?

OPINION: Teams that have dominated for long periods throughout Formula 1's history often take years to get back to the top of the tree once they've slipped down. But it remains to be seen whether the same will happen to Mercedes after a challenging 2022 season

Formula 1
Nov 24, 2022
What hurt Perez most in his ill-fated fight for second in Abu Dhabi Plus

What hurt Perez most in his ill-fated fight for second in Abu Dhabi

Arguably the favourite in the battle to finish second best in 2022's Formula 1 standings, Sergio Perez's two-stop strategy at Abu Dhabi couldn't take him ahead of Charles Leclerc when the music stopped - and several key factors ultimately precluded him from the much-coveted runner-up spot

Formula 1
Nov 23, 2022
The Abu Dhabi momentum that can propel Leclerc and Ferrari to F1 2023 success Plus

The Abu Dhabi momentum that can propel Leclerc and Ferrari to F1 2023 success

OPINION: Charles Leclerc achieved his target of sealing runner-up in the 2022 world championship with a masterful drive behind Max Verstappen in Abu Dhabi. And that race contained key elements that may help him, and Ferrari, go one better in Formula 1 2023

Formula 1
Nov 22, 2022