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Hamilton backed off following Ferrari tyre failures

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17/07/2017

In the wake of the tyre failures that affected Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel on successive laps at the end of the British Grand Prix, not to mention a late stop to change tyres for Max Verstappen also - though Red Bull subsequently admitted this was a precautionary measure - heading towards his fourth successive Silverstone win, Lewis Hamilton opted not to take any unnecessary risks.

"The team said generally it wouldn't be a problem," the Briton told reporters when asked if he was cautious in the close moments of the race, "but blistering did appear.

"Then I heard about the blow-ups and I backed off," he admitted. "I went basically to half or sixty percent throttle everywhere, so I was really slow the last two laps. I was basically three or four seconds off the pace.

"I just wanted to bring it home," he said. "I had a 19s gap so fortunately I could have gone slower, but I didn't feel I needed to."

Ahead of a full investigation, according to Pirelli, initial checks have revealed that the two left-front failures the Ferrari duo suffered were unrelated.

Check out our Sunday gallery from Silverstone, here.

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1. Posted by FormerF1Fan, 18/07/2017 10:12

""Lewis the Great... learn a lot from him ...Lewis is the savior of F1"
Qick! Duck! Here comes another flying cap!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4h-NDIWDlg
(By the way, the "s" in "saviour" is not upper-case, particularly in the case..."

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2. Posted by -ape-, 17/07/2017 13:06

"Lewis the Great knows what he is doing and all the drivers can learn a lot from him . Even in his first year he was beating an old lucky driver in the same car many times .
Lewis is the Savior of F1"

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3. Posted by FormerF1Fan, 17/07/2017 12:50

"It's taken Hamilton a long time (and FIA rule changes) to learn very basic racecraft, such as avoiding the gravel heading into the pits..."

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