Pirelli should bring a ‘racier’ spread of tyre compounds to Formula 1 weekends according to Spanish Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton.
The reigning world champion secured his second win of the 2018 season last weekend. Hamilton utilised a one-stop strategy en route to securing victory by a winning margin of 20 seconds.
He led all but nine of the 66 laps after he emerged from his one and only stop behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who was also carrying out a one-stop race. On new medium tyres versus Verstappen’s worn softs, Hamilton was unable to overtake.
With the difference in lap time between the tyre compounds being small all weekend, added to the fact that degradation was low by Circuit de Barcelona standards, Hamilton has called for a change of approach in the future.
“It was a very easy one-stop here and the tyres were very very similar but we have already spoken to Charlie [Whiting],” he said.
“We spoke about potential options for next year or even later on this year, spreading the compounds out a little bit, making it a bit more racy.
“It was just so difficult to overtake. I was on fresher tyres than Max. These cars, more so maybe at this track, but following is even worse than I can remember before.
“I had a harder tyre which was slower so I couldn’t catch and overtake, even though I had much much younger tyres. So the fundamentals definitely aren’t right and need to be improved.
“Hopefully they’ll do something more exciting later on in the year.”
Hamilton also suggested that the effect of turbulent air around the Circuit de Barcelona could be felt when four seconds behind another car.
“Being that it was really windy, as soon as you get like four seconds behind, you start to feel the effect of the car ahead,” he said
“You shouldn’t be able to feel it until you get right up their tail but it starts affecting the car already and you start to lose the momentum as you get closer.”
The FIA recently announced changes to the technical regulations for the 2019 season which promise to make overtaking and following other cars easier. Front wings will be simplified and the effects of DRS will be heightened by a “wider and deeper” rear wing.