Hamilton praises ‘pretty impressive’ Pirelli for new F1 tyres

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Lewis Hamilton has given Pirelli a massive thumbs up for the new tyres it has created for Formula One.

The McLaren driver told the audience at the Formula One Teams’ Association Fan Forum in Woking on Thursday: “I love the new tyres, I think Pirelli have some an amazing job.

“I wasn’t really sure if they were going to be any good because Bridgestone had been in F1 for so long and had so much experience. But Pirelli have come in and straight away they’ve lived up to people’s expectations, which is pretty impressive.”

He also shared his views about other changes to the year’s regulations, including the introduction of the Drag Reduction System and KERS’s comeback.

“KERS we’ve had before, so the DRS is probably the most unique part of the new rules for this year. It makes it easier to catch people up and then be in a position to overtake,” the former world champion said.

Asked whether DRS has actually made it “too easy” to overtake, Hamilton said: “Before we had the DRS is was very tough to overtake. You could do it, but it depended on the different circuits as to whether or not you’d have the opportunity.

“What we’re trying to achieve with it is to give the drivers a choice about whether or not to overtake. Of course there are some circumstances where you breeze past someone before you get to the braking zone.

“I passed Michael (Schumacher) last weekend (in Valencia) and was able to move back onto the racing line, so it was far too easy.”

Alex Kapadia, Operations Team

“I watched the replay and Eddie Jordan was talking on the BBC about it being a special manoeuvre! It shows how much he knows! It was good to hear him say something good about me.”

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