Lewis Hamilton changed his opinion about Pirelli’s choice of tyres for the Portuguese Grand Prix following his victory in Sunday’s race.Autodromo do Algarve.
“It feels like we’ve come with too hard a compound in my opinion,” he said after the first two practice sessions in Portugal. “I think it should have been mid-range, C3 [and] C4.”
However speaking after his victory in the race, in which he ran the medium and hard tyres, Hamilton said the more different construction Pirelli introduced for 2021 had made for better racing.
“The tyre is slightly different and so there’s a slightly different approach in terms of how you treat the tyres,” he explained. “It’s not a massive difference, people wouldn’t notice otherwise normally.
“But [at] this track there’s not a huge amount of grip. You’ve got the hardest compounds but being that they are the hardest compounds means that they can do the race distance and there’s not a huge amount of wear.
“So you can push every single lap and I think that’s great, because there are races we’ve been in the past where we have to do a lot of lift-and-coasts, slow down to make the tyre go the distance.”
“So I think it was the right tyre for this weekend,” he concluded.
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