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Hamilton believes tires are too hard for Portuguese GP

Lewis Hamilton at the Emilia Romagna GP. Credits: Daimler.

Lewis Hamilton doubts Pirelli’s decision regarding tire compounds eligible for this weekend’s Portuguese GP.

One of the biggest concerns during the first day of competition at the Formula 1 Portuguese GP is tires. A lot of drivers reported via the team radio about the lack of grip at the race track at Portimao. That is why the drivers spent a lot of time on Friday on Hard tires. FP2 winner Lewis Hamilton spoke about the tires, stating they might be too hard for the track.

“Generally it feels like we came here last year and the tire was too hard and we’ve come here again this year with the same tire – or actually, they’re even harder this year,” Hamilton said.

“It feels like we’ve come with too hard a compound, in my opinion, I think it should have been mid-range, C3 [and] C4. But everyone’s on the same one so we’ll get through it somehow,” he added.

Quite naturally, the Portuguese GP is another round of the potential title fight between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. The Mercedes driver spoke about his expectations from the competition with the Dutchman.

“I think it’ll be a close run. We look like were close. I don’t know how Max’s lap was. Mine wasn’t perfect. We’ve definitely got some time to come from the car and some improvements to make,” the Briton commented.

“I’m sure they have too. But it’s close, as it has been the last couple of races, so it’s exciting,” he said in the conclusion.

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