The Mercedes driver scored his fourth win of the season in commanding fashion in the Spanish GP, staying well clear of pursuer Max Verstappen and putting his team’s Silverstone tyre frustrations behind him.
Although known as a master of tyre management, Hamilton admitted after the race that he doesn’t really enjoy that kind of racing.
Last year he made his feelings on tyres clear when he represented the drivers at one of several meetings where the future of the sport was discussed. However, Pirelli’s efforts to meet the requirements of the 2020 target letter, which specifies what the main stakeholders want from the tyres, were rejected by the teams.
Instead the 2019 tyres were kept on for another season, and with the move to the new 18-inch format now postponed until 2022, the same tyres will also be used in 2021.
Hamilton hopes that when the new size comes in Pirelli makes a tyre that the drivers can race hard with.
“We really need to put a lot of pressure on Pirelli for the future,” he said. “They didn’t, unfortunately, do a great job with a tyre at the end of last year, to develop the 2020 tyre. And so we had to carry over the same tyre from 2019 into this season.
“In the past when they made the target letter, the drivers were not a part of that…