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Lewis Hamilton happier with 2014 PIrelli tyres

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After a tumultuous 2013, Pirelli are not making any predictions about their 2014 tyres despite four days running at Jerez.

Last year’s races were dogged by blowouts and complaints over inconsistent and excessive wear, Pirelli promised to be more conservative in 2014 but the Italian brand are not making any guarantees yet.

It is understood a lack of running at Jerez is the reason for the lack of comment with the Head of Motorsport Paul Hembery cancelling his final day media appointments.

“The emphasis was not on tyres during this test,” he confirmed to reporters.

“The upcoming tests in Bahrain should allow them (the teams) to focus on tyres a little more, having had two weeks to develop their cars and remedy any issues that have been identified at Jerez,” he added.

One team who struggled more than most with the tyres was Mercedes, the team often had the fastest car over a single lap earlier in the season, taking several pole positions, however, struggles to look after the tyres meant their drivers often dropped back during the races.

Speaking at Jerez last week, Lewis Hamilton does believe there is an improvement in the new rubber, though F1 is no set for a return to the usual one-stop races seen in the Bridgestone era.

“The (2014) tyres are a little bit better,” he told Britain’s Sky Sports.

“They’re more durable, so you can do maybe 30 laps and have a lot less wear on them, but they still overheat, like any other tyre.”

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