Lotus concerned by tire choices for Britain, Hungary

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Lotus F1 Team’s motorsport director Alan Permane has criticized Pirelli’s choice of tires for the British and Hungarian Grands Prix, believing that the compounds chosen will be too conservative for Silverstone and the Hungaroring respectively.

Pirelli confirmed earlier this week that they would be bringing the two hardest compounds (hard and medium) to the races, causing Permane some confusion after the wear patterns witnessed at last year’s races.

It’s unusual to take the same tires to Hungary as to Bahrain and Silverstone,” he told the BBC.

“We didn’t have those tires last year. We had medium and soft last year and people did two stops. So it absolutely doesn’t make sense – they’re too hard for that track.”

The BBC also reports that team principal Eric Boullier will be speaking to Pirelli over its choice of compounds.

Lotus have not spoken out against Pirelli over the 2013 tire design (which has sparked a protest from world champions Red Bull), with the British team appearing to manage their tires better than most, often differing their strategy as a result.

The Canadian GP appeared to see a return to the ‘regular’ number of pit stops, with most drivers stopping twice whilst still being able to push during their stints. However, you can expect the critics to emerge once again should these races become processional one-stop races.

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As Lewis Hamilton took another step towards his fourth Formula 1 World Championship Sunday at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas, plenty of other topics of discussion emerged in the wake of Round 17 of the season from Austin.

Hamilton’s win came as his Mercedes AMG Petronas team claimed its fourth consecutive Constructor’s Championship, Scuderia Ferrari came up short once again despite a valiant effort in second and third, and Max Verstappen’s penalty after the race was the major talking point.

Elsewhere Valtteri Bottas struggled again, the Sahara Force India twins continued to pick up points, Carlos Sainz Jr. made a major positive impact in his first start with Renault, Brendon Hartley impressed on debut at Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean and Haas F1 Team endured a tough weekend on Haas’ home soil.

Check out all the recap from the latest USGP in the latest post-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass with NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton, below.