Lewis Hamilton says the soft tyre is too aggressive for the Shanghai International Circuit.
The Mercedes driver was among those to complain about the compound during the high-fuel runs in the second practice session.
Speaking after the session Hamilton said: “The soft is hardcore. I don’t know why, it doesn’t feel like the right tyre for this circuit. I mean I did a couple of laps and the tyres just disintegrated. It was quite unusual.”
“But otherwise the track is great fun to drive and hopefully will give us lots of opportunities for overtaking in the race,” he added.
Despite his concerns over the soft tyre Hamilton is positive about the team’s potential this weekend. “I think mine and Nico’s pace was quite competitive today,” he said.
“I think Nico got a lap, I got a bit of traffic with Hulkenberg on my lap but still I think we would have been quite high up today. Later on in the session, ten or fifteen minutes later everyone went a bit quicker.”
“I think we’re there or thereabouts but who knows, tomorrow we’ll find out.”
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