Lewis Hamilton has called on Pirelli to develop a stronger tyre construction for 2022, adding that Formula 1 fans do not want to see tyre management races.
The Mercedes driver scored his fourth win of the season with a well-judged victory in the Spanish GP, staying well clear of pursuer Max Verstappen and putting his team’s Silverstone tyre frustrations behind him.
Although able to manage his tyre life effectively, Hamilton admitted after the race that he does not enjoy the management aspect of racing in F1.
Last year, he made his feelings on tyres clear when he represented the drivers at one of several meetings where the future of the sport was discussed.
However Pirelli’s efforts to meet the requirements of the 2020 target letter, which specifies what the main stakeholders want from the tyres, were rejected by the teams.
Instead the 2019 tyres were kept on for another season, and with the move to the new 18-inch format now postponed until 2022, the same tyres will also be used in 2021.
Hamilton hopes that when the new size comes in Pirelli makes a tyre that the drivers can race hard with.
When asked about the performance of the soft tyres during the Spanish GP by Autosport, Hamilton replied: “We really need to put a lot of pressure on Pirelli for the future.
“They didn’t, unfortunately, do a great job with a tyre at the end of last year, to develop the 2020 tyre.
“And so we had to carry over the same tyre from 2019 into this season.
“In the past when they made the target letter, the drivers were not a part of that discussion.
“And so that’s why last year I went to the meeting in Paris, as part of representing the drivers.
“We want to help them make sure that they set the target letter correctly. It’s not been done right for a long time.
“Moving forwards, they’re probably not going to be able to do it for next year, but for 2022 we need a better tyre, we need a tyre that gives us more grip, better safety, and enables us to to drive closer to cars and give you guys and the fans better racing.
“Right now, we’re [doing] a serious amount of management. And I don’t think that’s what the fans want.
“That’s not what a racing driver wants, to have to manage it behind a car, multiple seconds behind, because the tyres are not good enough.
“And so we want to help Pirelli to make a better tyre, if they can. And that’s obviously the question.”