The British Grand Prix has already been held and we saw a clean race until at the end, the hard tires could not survive until the end and both Mercedes had punctures just like Carlos Sainz's McLaren. We had already seen this during the 2017 edition of the same Grand Prix where both Ferraris had punctures in the last laps. Lewis Hamilton managed to win the Grand Prix even with his punctured tire as its pressure dropped on the last lap, while his teammate Valtteri Bottas, who was in second place, fell down to P11 not being able to score points. Carlos Sainz was racing in fourth position, but after his puncture fell to P13. Pirelli, who is the supplier of the tires, has given more information about the cause of these incidents.
Pirelli said the punctures were the result of an extremely long stint from the second set of tires. When the second Safety Car entered the track, most teams and drivers chose to overtake their pit stop, which was stipulated for about 8 laps later, so the stint of the hard tires lasted around 40 laps, which is more than three-quarters of the race and it should be noted that the Silverstone circuit is one of the most demanding in terms of tire wear due to the numerous fast corners that the track has. The fact that this season's cars are faster than those of the 2019 season (the time for this year's pole position was 1.2 seconds faster than last year) so the tires no longer had anything more of productive life.
This gives a whole new meaning to ‘Bono my tyres are gone...’ 😂pic.twitter.com/p9howGId0b— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) August 3, 2020
As a result, the left front tire, which is the most worn on the Silverstone circuit, did not resist and in the last laps, Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas' Mercedes and Carlos Sainz's McLaren had a punctured tire. The last two drivers we mentioned had disastrous consequences, however, Lewis Hamilton managed to reach the finish line with three tires to win the victory.
Pirelli also confirmed that for the Formula 1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, which will also be held at Silverstone, the C2, C3 and C4 compounds will be one step softer than they were on this first date.