Lewis Hamilton given a replacement F1 tyre for Baku GP

Lewis Hamilton will be given another super-soft Formula 1 tyre with the same mileage to the one he damaged in European Grand Prix qualifying for Sunday's race

Lewis Hamilton given a replacement F1 tyre for Baku GP

The reigning world champion locked up heavily on his fastest lap in Q2, flat-spotting one tyre, in what was a scruffy one-hour session where he locked up several times and damaged all of his sets of super-softs.

As per article 34.4g in the sporting regulations, drivers must start the race on the tyres with which they set their fastest time during Q2.

But any such tyres damaged during Q2 will be inspected by the FIA technical delegate who will decide "at his absolute discretion" whether any may be replaced.

Following an inspection of the tyre, it has been decided to give Hamilton a replacement with Pirelli saying it has been given approval by the FIA to do so.

The tyre will be one that has mileage as close as possible to that he damaged in Q2.

Speaking on Saturday, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said: "The tyre has a flat-spot and as per the regulations you can change the tyre if it is a safety issue so probably that's going to happen.

"I guess it was just a bad day for Lewis.

"If you're not in your rhythm on a street circuit like this, you're making mistakes.

"He was blindingly fast in the first sector, in a league of his own, but just couldn't hook the sectors together."

When asked if Hamilton should have not pushed so hard and ensured second given the gap to the team's rivals, Wolff said: "That's not the way he's calibrated.

"It's very difficult to get in your car and try to drive a defensive lap if you know that your car is the benchmark and your main enemy is your team-mate.

"To get that balance right is very difficult."

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