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Sainz wants Pirelli to be more aggressive with future F1 Miami GP tyre choices

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz thinks Pirelli is “on the conservative” side for the Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix and should consider a softer tyre to enliven the show next year.

Carlos Sainz, Scuderia Ferrari, is interviewed after Qualifying

Photo by: Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images

Sunday's race is expected to be a one-stop affair amid the combination of the Miami International Autodrome’s twisty nature, a low-grip surface and warm track temperatures.

The majority of drivers admitted that their qualifying form was dictated by how well they managed to keep the tyre working across a flying lap around the 3.363-mile circuit.

“Unfortunately, I think the tyre compounds are a bit on the conservative side for this grand prix,” said Sainz. “I think we could’ve maybe done with softer compounds for a bit more strategy variability, so I don’t expect much difference to last year.”

When asked by Autosport for his thoughts on the subject, Max Verstappen explained: “Just very low grip, they overheat very quickly for whatever reason. I think they are conservative, but at the same time they are already overheating.

“I would like more two-stop or three-stop races. I think that’s a lot more fun than having a straightforward one-stop. It’s not really that challenging for the teams and drivers.

“A race, like in China, where you could do a two-stop, it opens up a bit more flexibility in the pit windows. Maybe we could go softer, we’d have to speak to Pirelli about if they want to do that.”

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Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton also voiced his frustration about the narrow operating window of the tyres on the current breed of ground effect cars, which has often been a key factor in Mercedes' struggles since the dawn of the current regulations.

“Definitely, in all my career, I don't remember ever having such a small window of working,” said Hamilton of how the handling of his Mercedes is impacted by the tyres.

“Honestly, it's probably the most frustrating thing.

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“You look back in the day when you had a much bigger working window to work with. Then you can just optimise the balance and then just have good grip throughout the whole lap.

“This is definitely my least favourite.”

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