Hulkenberg puzzled by inconsistent tyre performance | RaceFans Round-up

In the round-up: Nico Hulkenberg said he had to make an extra pit stop in the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix because of unexpectedly poor performance on his second set of hard tyres.

What they say

Hulkenberg was running ahead of team mate Lance Stroll when he had to make an extra pit stop near the end of the race.

The first half of the grand prix obviously looked very good, kind of on target to hold on to fourth. But then Charles [Leclerc] on his one-stop was obviously very strong.

My second stint on the prime, that seemed a wholly different set of tyres, not the same grip. And I picked up some blisters on them and from the rear axle and consequently fairly big vibrations that ultimately forced us to stop of that tyre and then three-stopping, obviously on to seventh.

I just don’t understand because the second stint was all fairly straightforward and easy and I thought usually it gets easier as the fuel comes out of the car. So I thought the third stint should be very straightforward.

But it came differently, unfortunately. We just need to see why that happens. But given all circumstances I’m very happy to be standing here with six points, to be honest.

Quotes: Dieter Rencken

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