Lewis Hamilton revises his opinion on Pirelli’s Portuguese GP tyres

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Ahead of the Portuguese Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton said he believed the tyres that Pirelli brought to Portugal were too hard. After the race he revised his opinion.

According to Hamilton the compounds brought by Pirelli were just right for the Portimao track.

“This track, there’s not a huge amount of grip,” the Briton explained..

“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.

“There are races we’ve been in in the past where we have to do a lot of lift and coasts, slow down to make the tyre go the distance because the pit lane is so long. So I think it was the right tyre for this weekend.”

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In the race Hamilton managed to overtake both Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen, after following them for several laps. He didn’t seem to suffer from tyre overheating, which is usual in these types of situations.

The Briton believes this was due to the setup being just right, combined with his “knowledge of the tyres”.

“With the tyres, it’s really… I guess it’s just knowledge of the tyres, really and knowing which ones you can lean on and where you can… I can’t really say too much, to be honest.

“I think everyone was pushing and they put on their tyres. I think I just managed to get the balance pretty sweet, better for the race than it was for qualifying,” concluded Hamilton.

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