Hamilton questions teams tyres strategy ahead of Turkish Grand Prix

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By Alex Kapadia

McLaren racer Lewis Hamilton has questioned his teams tyres strategy ahead of tomorrow’s Turkish Grand Prix.

The former world champion believes they should have followed the Red Bull strategy and saved a fresh set of soft tyres for the race.

Hamilton qualified in fourth place and his team mate Jenson Button only managed sixth. However, their Red Bull rivals Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber have locked out the front row while only using two of the three sets of soft tyres available to them.

Holding back the extra set for the qualifying session means that the Red Bull drivers have a fresh set available to call on at the most opportune time in the race.

It was a tactic which worked well for Hamilton three weeks ago in China when he went on to win the race. However, he used all three of his sets of soft tyres to qualify at Istanbul Park, while failing to improve significantly on his time at his final attempt.

He told the BBC: “I wanted to do the same thing [as Red Bull] and I think we ended up going out and doing two runs [in Q3], and that’s not necessarily the right thing I don’t think.

“In the last race with the extra set of tyre we didn’t benefit too much form it, so it’s difficult to know exactly how much of a benefit it will be.

“Still, we’re definitely in the fight and I’ll be pushing all the way – just as we did last year.”

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