Sport Why talk of a Mercedes F1 tyre conspiracy in Spanish GP is rubbish

11:41  17 may  2018
11:41  17 may  2018 Source:

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  F1 Raceweek: Hamilton eyes more Spain gains, Red Bull duo out to make amends Lewis Hamilton won the Spanish Grand Prix last year and will attempt to go back-to-back this weekend in Barcelona.Hamilton holds a four-point lead over Vettel in the battle for the Formula One title following his first victory of the season in a chaotic Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

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Why talk of a Mercedes conspiracy is rubbish© LAT Images Why talk of a Mercedes conspiracy is rubbish

The speculation around Pirelli's tyre changes for the Spanish Grand Prix is the subject of our latest Formula 1 video debate.

Mercedes' return to form at Barcelona - where Lewis Hamilton took a dominant victory from pole position - led to suggestions Pirelli's decision to run a thinner tread depth for the resurfaced track was a deliberate change to help the reigning world champion team.

However, following Sebastian Vettel's comments after he tried the original spec of tyres at the same track during testing this week, Scott Mitchell and Ben Anderson join Glenn Freeman to discuss his claims that Ferrari would have been worse off without the change.

"I think Pirelli were pretty relieved and very happy when Sebastian tried the tyres and said 'actually, we dodged a bullet there'," says Mitchell.

"If Pirelli were going to favour Mercedes by changing the tyres they wouldn't be doing it for three out of 21 races - that doesn't afford them a massive advantage."

Smart speed bumps to automatically check tyre tread depth .
Drivers entering car parks could soon have their tyres automatically scanned for tread depth , after a Finnish company announced the expansion of its tyre-checking speed bumps.Nokian’s SnapSkan system features a ‘smart’ ramp that can be installed in public car parks and similar locations. When driven over, the speed bump uses 3D scanning to measure the tread depth of all four tyres.The system is free to use, and drivers wanting to make use of it can opt in via text message or email, signing up either before or after they have driven over the ramp.


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