Formula One’s official tire supplier Pirelli remains uncertain as to the cause of Lewis Hamilton’s puncture during final practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
The blowout had a damaging effect on Hamilton’s car and his race weekend. The failure wrecked his suspension and gearbox – the latter had to be replaced which forced Hamilton to take a five-place grid penalty.
Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery told Autosport: “We will take all the pieces apart and do a full lab analysis. That will either confirm our initial findings, or make us realize that we need to do something and have to implement some changes.”
“There will be a full analysis. We treat every incident very seriously.”
Giedo van der Garde, who was running behind Hamilton at the time, also suffered a puncture which was caused by a piece of metal. Pirelli originally believed this also caused Hamilton’s tire to fail, but not admit they are “not really sure about how it happened”.
Having initially examined the tire at the circuit, Pirelli has taken it to their headquarters in Milan for further examination.
Pirelli remain convinced that both of Felipe Massa’s punctures during the race were caused by debris.
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.
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