Hamilton: Tyre rules must be changed

Friday 6th July 2012

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Hamilton: Tyre rules must be changed

Hamilton: Tyre rules must be changed

Lewis Hamilton has called on F1's powers-that-be to change the tyre regulations after the limited number of full wets meant there was little running on Friday.

With the rain coming down at Silverstone in both practice sessions on Friday, only a third of the drivers in either session completed 10 or more laps.

However, it wasn't only the weather and the fear of crashing that kept the drivers in the pits, it was also the limited number of full wet tyres.

Under F1 regulations, all drivers have three sets of full wets for the entire grand prix weekend.

This meant most teams only opted to run one set per driver, leaving the remaining two for Saturday and Sunday when more rain is forecast.

Unfortunately, the biggest losers were the fans who paid good money to watch three full hours of running on Friday.

"I think it's a real, real shame to be honest that they're just sitting there and we're not going out," Hamilton told Sky Sports F1.

"The problem is we don't have enough tyres and the drainage here is not that great at the track so there's lot of standing water, and obviously the weather is not spectacular.

"If we had more tyres, I think a lot more people would be out. It's a shame it's not mandatory that we have to go out."

The Brit finished Friday's running at the top of the timesheets with a 1:56.345, which put him 0.129s up on his nearest riva.

"I had some fun out there today! I got to do a good few laps too, which was good, because I was concerned that the fans wouldn't get to see much action," he said.

"There were so many of them out there today. I can't remember seeing so many people at a racetrack on a Friday before - it was incredible. British Formula 1 fans are the best in the world!"

Fun or not though, Hamilton says it was also hard work as he needed his full concentration to cope with the aquaplaning that was going on.

"There was a lot of standing water out there, and tons of aquaplaning. That's to be expected when there's heavy rain, of course," he said.

"But I have to say that there doesn't seem to be that much drainage around the circuit. You're aquaplaning almost all the time, to be honest, so you need to be very in tune with your senses or you're very likely to lose control.

"I think the drivers can probably make more of a difference in the wet than we can in the dry, so I'm really looking forward to the rest of the weekend, which looks likely to stay chilly and wet."

Hamilton, though, is not the only driver who believes teams needed more wet tyres instead of the 'free' extra set of intermediates they are given.

"It's a shame we don't have more wet tyres to be able to get more track time, but if it's going to rain for the whole weekend then everybody tries to save their allocation," said Kimi Raikkonen.

His team-mate Romain Grosjean echoed the complaint.

"I would have liked to have more track time but due to the regulations on tyres we didn't want to use up all our wet tyre allocation as more rain is expected on Saturday and Sunday," said the Frenchman.

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