Reports in the British press claim Pirelli will make a significant change in the construction of their tires for this weekend’s race in Germany in a bid to prevent a repeat of the failures seen at Silverstone.
The Daily Telegraph reports Pirelli which switch from its steel-belted tires to ones which use Kevlar. The move comes after five drivers suffered dramatic tire explosions during the British Grand Prix.
The change comes despite three teams – Ferrari, Lotus and Force India – having previously blocked Pirelli from introducing the revised tire constructions. The three teams, who argued the changes to the tires would disadvantage them, have backed down following Sunday’s chaotic race.
Pirelli is set to attend a meeting of the FIA’s Sporting Working Committee tomorrow for further discussions over the problems which almost led to the stoppage of the British Grand Prix.
Formula One is hastily changing its testing rules in order to give Pirelli track time to get to the bottom of the problem. Race drivers will be used instead of junior drivers at next week’s Young Drivers’ Test. Pirelli is to have two further tests with 2013 machinery at Paul Ricard and the Circuit de Catalunya and a further test after the end of the season is being considered.
Sunday’s United States Grand Prix could go down as a memorable race in Formula 1 history as both Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes bid to clinch their fourth world championships (live on NBC and NBC Sports app from 2pm ET).
Hamilton gave his chances of wrapping up the drivers’ title and re-claiming the crown he lost to Nico Rosberg in 2016 a world of good by charging to pole position on Saturday at the Circuit of The Americas.
However, with chief rival Sebastian Vettel starting second for Ferrari and a 16-point swing required, it seems likely that the title race could continue to next weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix.
Nevertheless, here are the permutations for Lewis Hamilton to win his fourth F1 world title on Sunday in Austin, Texas.
- If Lewis Hamilton wins the race (25 points) and Sebastian Vettel finishes sixth or lower (maximum eight points), he is world champion.
- If Hamilton finishes second (18 points), Sebastian Vettel finishes ninth or lower (maximum two points), and Valtteri Bottas does not win the race, he is world champion.
While Hamilton’s coronation seems likely to be postponed until the next race in Mexico, Mercedes looks nailed-on to wrap up its fourth consecutive constructors’ championship in Sunday’s USGP.
The German marque currently leads Ferrari by 145 points in the teams’ standings, and requires a lead of 129 after the race to clinch the crown.
As a result, a double top-four finish from Hamilton and Bottas would be enough for Mercedes to wrap up the title, regardless of how Ferrari fares.
The success would see Mercedes become just the fourth team in F1 history take four straight constructors’ titles, following Red Bull (2010 to 2013), Ferrari (1999 to 2004) and McLaren (1988 to 1991).
The United States Grand Prix is live on NBC and the NBC Sports app from 2pm ET on Sunday.