By Alex Kapadia
Racing ace Lewis Hamilton has branded Pirelli’s new ‘super hard’ tyres a ‘disaster’ ahead of this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.
Pirelli had predicted that the new PZero Silver would add an extra five laps to the life of the original compound.
But the McLaren racer was among many of the drivers who struggled to get enough grip and experienced high degradation as a result during yesterday’s practice sessions.
He said: “The car was OK once we got to the better tyre. I think everyone was much, much happier with the [soft] tyre. The super hard is a disaster, that wasn’t nice to drive. A two second difference, and they don’t last longer.
“It was feeling pretty poor this morning with the new super hard tyre, I don’t know why they’ve brought that tyre, because the previous tyre was pretty good.
“It looks pretty difficult to switch on, and then to last, it’s just sliding. I think we were about 2.5 seconds off the pace just with that tyre. Then we switched to the normal soft, and it was fantastic.
“I think you’ll see most people driving with that tyre for the weekend.”