Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton: Sorry fans FIA/Pirelli won’t give us extra tyres

Lewis Hamilton has had a swipe at the FIA and Pirelli by blaming them for lack of running during FP3 on the second day of the Mexican Grand Prix weekend, the Mercedes lamenting lack of tyres to go out and entertain fans.

The world champion did a tentative in and out lap with intermediates, one of the few to venture out in the first half hour on a damp but drying track. With around 20 minutes to go slicks were bolted on and times were finally set.

During the one hour session, Hamilton posted on Instagram: “I’m sorry to all the fans sitting out there, and there’s been no running yet the FIA/Pirelli won’t give the teams an extra set of tyres to run in these conditions, so we are forced to just sit tight, and save the tyres we have in case rain comes in qualifying and the race.”

And indeed fans were out in force at Autodrome Hermanos Rodriguez, only to be denied despite forking out for expensive tickets to witness the action, for there to be very little.

Big Question: What’s the solution to ensure teams run in all sessions?