The revised tires introduced after the British Grand Prix have not made for dull races, Pirelli claim.
F1’s official tire supplier revised its product after a series of high-speed tire failures at Silverstone.
But it denied the more conservative compounds have sapped the life from recent races.
Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery dismissed the claim as “nonsense”, telling Autosport: “I thought the German and Hungarian Grands Prix were two of the best races we had ever had in Germany and Hungary.”
Sebastian Vettel has won three of the four races since Silverstone but Hembery says his success is not down to Pirelli’s change of policy
“We try to do our bit – but there is only so much we can do,” said Hembery. “At the end of the day, Red Bull has done a phenomenal job and Sebastian has been great.”
Pirelli’s tire choice for this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix – the super-soft and medium tires – is more conservative than what has been used before.
“The tires we are bringing to Singapore this year represent a change from last year, when we went for super-soft and soft,” Hembery explained. “This is because the tires are generally softer across the board this year in order to maximize performance and grip.”
On Monday, the Formula 1 schedule finally allowed teams to be in Europe before heading to Abu Dhabi for this weekend’s season finale.
And as such, that provided a window for now four-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton to return to the Mercedes AMG Petronas factories in Brackley and Brixworth to be celebrated for taking the driver’s title, as Hamilton an Valtteri Bottas delivered Mercedes its fourth straight constructor’s title.
Hamilton was at Brixworth, the home of Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) and its highly successful Mercedes-Benz Power Units first before heading to Brackley, where he was welcomed with a “guard of honor” as the entire team came out to greet him.
The champion was overwhelmed at the response and the welcome.
“This a very emotional day. I was not expecting this, thanks everyone for the warm welcome,” he said. “Today is something that I will never forget, turning up at the front gate of the factory and seeing everyone out on the street to welcome me – I’m blown away.
“This has been an incredible year, it’s been an incredible journey together. There’s a huge amount of respect and appreciation I have for everyone. I’ve been in the sport for a long time now, but to see the work ethic in Brixworth and Brackley really inspires me. Every time I come around, I see everyone operating at 100%, which encourages me to bring my best performance.
“Thank you all for helping me achieve my dreams, it would not have been possible without you. This is the best championship year, because we’ve been fighting another team and because we’ve had the difficulties and challenges we’ve had – that just makes it so much greater.”
A social roundup of images and videos are below, all via Hamilton and the Mercedes team on social media.