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Softer tyres throw up a fresh challenge for Hamilton

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Softer tyres and hotter temperatures will pose a fresh test for Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone on Sunday after the Formula One championship leader won last weekend's British Grand Prix on three wheels and a flat.

FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – August 2, 2020 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton looks at his tyre after winning the race with a puncture on the final lap Pool via REUTERS/Will Oliver/File Photo

05 Aug 2020 10:25PM

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SILVERSTONE, England: Softer tyres and hotter temperatures will pose a fresh test for Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone on Sunday after the Formula One championship leader won last weekend's British Grand Prix on three wheels and a flat.

Tyre supplier Pirelli had always planned a change of compounds for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, second of two at the circuit where the championship began in 1950, but there will be more scrutiny now.

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Hamilton's win after a last lap tyre failure will go down as one of his most dramatic and came after he completed more than three quarters of the race on a single set.

"One step softer is going to be a challenge for us all and no doubt will move us all to at least a two-stop," the six-times world champion, now 30 points clear of team mate Valtteri Bottas, said last Sunday.

"Obviously our cars are a lot quicker this year, we're using the same tyres as last year, they (Pirelli) weren't able to develop a better tyre to deal with the forces for this season, so it's going to be a serious challenge I think."

Team boss Toto Wolff agreed: "The hotter conditions brought the field closer together last week and the softer tyres will mean more pit stops and more variability with strategy, so we can expect a good fight."

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Hamilton has won the last three races, out of four so far in this COVID-19 affected season, and will start as favourite again.

If he finishes on the podium the Briton will equal the Formula One record of 155 set by Ferrari great Michael Schumacher.

Another win would leave him just three short of Schumacher's record 91.

Mercedes have won all four races in dominant fashion, with Bottas triumphant in the Austrian opener last Read More – Source