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Hamilton targets FIA over F1 tyre woes

Pirelli's tyres have been a major talking point at the Qatar Grand Prix amid their behaviour over the 'pyramid' kerbs in Lusail.

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Lewis Hamilton has offered a solution to eliminate the concerns raised over Pirelli's tyres in Qatar.

Pirelli discovered that the tyres had sustained damage following continuous running over the circuit's kerbs after Friday's running at the Lusail International Circuit.

It has led to a deeper inspection by Pirelli, who may decide to advise a mandatory three-stop strategy for the Qatar Grand Prix.

On Saturday morning, news broke regarding the condition of the tyres, with some drivers left unhappy that they found out through the media.

Hamilton has called on the associated parties to ensure there is stronger communication provided to the teams going forward on similar matters.

“We need some improvement on organisation skills for sure and like the standard of the procedures,” Hamilton told media including RacingNews365.com.

Hamilton's solution

Despite Pirelli being at the forefront of the controversy, Hamilton doesn't believe that blame lies squarely on the shoulders of the Italian marque.

The seven-time World Champion has suggested that F1 should bring pre-season testing to a more high-intensity track on tyres to provide Pirelli with more insightful data.

“We ultimately need a better product of the tyre,” he said. “I don't feel like it's solely the manufacturer’s fault.

“We have such limited testing. We don't test at a track that has hardcore high-speed corners like this.

“I even suggested in the meeting that the three days that we get at the beginning of the year, we should do here. Because this is the most hardcore on the tyres for the whole year.

Hamilton also took aim at the increasing weight of the cars, believing it is contributing to the problems.

“Whoever's making decisions in the FIA, [we have the] heaviest cars and more downforce than ever with all the fuel and everything and then you have these tyres, issues are to be expected.

“If you think back in the day they were just this fast with half the downforce, they got way more grip on the tyres, Bridgestone and Michelin.

“They’ve definitely got to look at that because next year I think it’s going heavier again.”

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