FORMER world champion Lewis Hamilton has given a cautious welcome to the enforced tyre changes for this weekend’s German Grand Prix, but admits he still harbours some concerns.
Hamilton was one of five drivers whose tyres exploded during Sunday’s British Grand Prix, scuppering his chances of landing a second win on home soil and a first for new team Mercedes.
Pirelli are providing new rear tyres reinforced with puncture-resistant Kevlar, rather than steel, for all teams at the Nurburgring, after fears for driver safety prompted emergency measures.
“I am satisfied, but only when we get there [Germany] will we have a better idea how it is for us,” said the Englishman.
“Everyone is in the same boat, but I’m glad action has been taken. It’s still a concern. We’ll see how the weekend goes but I’m sure they have taken the right steps to make it safe.”
Hamilton fought back from his Silverstone puncture to finish a creditable fourth and is hopeful that colleague Nico Rosberg’s victory proves the Mercedes is competitive with Red Bull.
He said: “Nico has proven we can win with the car, so I’m sure a win will come.”