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Why Silverstone is "not friends" with tyres

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Why Silverstone is "not friends" with tyres
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A series of high-profile failures late on in the British Grand Prix led to a heart-stopping finish for winner Lewis Hamilton. But with another race on the tyre-punishing Silverstone coming this week, there is cause for deep concern

For all of the millions, if not billions, of pounds sunk into car development each year, every Formula 1 race's fortunes ultimately come down to a single-specification component common on each car.

Sure, you're able to stack the odds in your favour with a brilliant engine or an advanced aerodynamics package but, if you can't make the tyres work, you can kiss your chances in a race goodbye. After all, the tyres are the only thing that separates the car from the ground, except in cases when the undertray lashes against the kerbs...

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