Lewis Hamilton will not have to start today’s F1 race on Baku on the tyre he damaged during qualifying.
The Mercedes driver made it into Q3 despite flat-spotting one of the super-soft tyres he set his best lap time on. Under the sporting regulations any drivers who reach Q3 are required to start the race on the tyres they used to set their quickest time in Q2.
However an exemption is allowed if the drivers’ tyres are damaged. Pirelli has confirmed Hamilton will be allowed to exchange his tyres.
Article 24.4 (g) of the Sporting Regulations states: “Any such tyres damaged during Q2 will be inspected by the FIA technical delegate who will decide, at his absolute discretion, whether any may be replaced and, if so, which tyres they should be replaced with.”
Mercedes confirmed on Twitter that only one of Hamilton’s tyres will be changed.
“The team received permission to swap the left front tyre of Lewis Hamilton’s race start set,” the team announced. “We have done so with the left front tyre from a different set. Only the left front was flat spotted on the Q2 set, not both fronts.”
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