Lewis Hamilton believes that the new Pirelli tires are causing Formula One drivers to think more about strategy than actually racing.
“These tires make it very hard,” said Hamilton in an interview. “It’s very difficult to make them last and particularly for me in Malaysia, I wasn’t really able to make my tires last as much as I wanted.
“Generally these tires make it not fun, I didn’t enjoy the race.”
Like many of the leading drivers, Hamilton stopped four times during the race, but the strategies chosen by Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber proved there was little difference between the performance of the medium and hard compound tire.
Hamilton would like to see a return to “pure speed racing” where the drivers can run at their optimum pace for longer stints of the race.
“It’s not the same as back in the day when you had stints where you are pushing to the maximum the whole time, you had tires that would last.
“It’s like you have a hundred dollars and you have to spend it wisely over a period of time. It makes racing a lot different. It’s more strategic rather than pure speed racing.”
There appears to be a split in the paddock over the new tires, with Lotus backing Pirelli over the matter, whilst Red Bull have also spoken out against the 2013 compounds. Without competition in Formula One, Pirelli could be accused of making a tire which is ‘bad enough’ to warrant multiple pit stops.
EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.
As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.
NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.
Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.
So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads
Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.
MORE: Dakar Rally daily stages schedule, NBCSN broadcast schedule, list of all competitors.
MORE: Stage 14 overall Rally wrapup
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MORE: Stage 8 wrapup
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MORE: Stage 3 wrapup
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MORE: Stage 1 wrapup