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Mercedes’ Tyre Problems Are Fixed but Lewis Hamilton Still Won’t Win the Title

Following on from his maiden victory for Mercedes at the Hungarian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton has seemingly launched himself firmly back into title contention. We’ve known Hamilton has been a stellar qualifier for quite some time, and his four pole positions and a handful of front-row slots prove this. The problem is, his Mercedes W04 chassis has had a horrible tendency to eat rear rubber fast, the fast-wearing Pirelli 2013 tyres graining out of their optimum operating zone faster than the competition. The result? Hamilton has been sliding back down the field faster than a harpooned hippo on a banana tree, especially in the hotter conditions where the tyres grain even more quickly. Silverstone changed all of this. Hamilton was leading...

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