Lewis Hamilton has called on Pirelli to provide Formula One with better tyres from 2022 onwards.
Pirelli has been F1’s sole tyre supplier since 2011 — a period of the sport that has been characterised by high levels of tyre degradation.
The aim has been to create races with multiple pit stops and varying strategies, but the reality has often seen drivers lapping several seconds off the pace to manage their tyres and ensure a one-stop strategy.
In theory, races with high levels of tyre degradation should create differences in performance between cars leading to overtaking, but drivers often complain that they cannot attack the car in front as they need to look after their tyres.
Following three very different races at the last three rounds, which all saw tyre behaviour — or failures — impact the result, Hamilton called on Pirelli to change its approach from 2022 onwards when F1 will introduce wide-ranging rule changes.
“Moving forward, probably not for next year, but for 2022, we need a better tyre,” he said. “A tyre that gives us more grip, better safety — a key matter there — and enables us to drive