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Mercedes tweaked the tyres.

Mercedes tyre design causes controversy amid discussions

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Following this weekend's United States Grand Prix, and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen finishing first, there has been more than a little controversy surrounding the Mercedes team and their tyre 'tweaks'.

Soon to be five-time champion Lewis Hamilton, who came in third this weekend, was caught up in the issues surrounding the Mercedes car tyres, more specifically, the rims.

Prior to the race in Austin, Texas on Sunday, Ferrari needed clarification on which alterations are and aren't allowed regarding the design of the wheel rims.

Despite the FIA checking the Mercedes car, and confirming the design was allowed, Ferrari still considered submitting a post-race complaint.

Formula 1 teams and the FIA are now set to have discussions concerning the regulations of wheel rim designs, and the issue of Mercedes tweaks.

FIA race director Charlie Whiting has stood by the fact that the governing body accepted Mercedes rim design at the Belgian GP, and still did at the US GP.

Although, he added that teams will gather to make sure the regulations are clear.

“I don’t think a clarification is needed because we’ve already done that, everyone’s aware of what we feel,” Whiting told Autosport.

“I think there’s still a difference of opinion and that probably needs to be sorted out in the technical working group.”

Renault F1 technical director Nick Chester has agreed that Mercedes did nothing wrong, but thinks clarification of the rules would be good seeing as new aerodynamic regulations will be introduced in 2019.

"A lot of people blow through the spokes anyway, so it’s not something that is totally new, but people tend to blow further outboard,” Chester said.

“I think there will be a few interesting interpretations for next year."

The altercations obviously didn't get Hamilton the win, but the case should still be made for future races.

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Valterri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas
Sebastian Vettel
Max Verstappen
Daniel Ricciardo
Lewis Hamilton
Ferrari
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Red Bull
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