Alpine F1’s Ocon reckoned he was only a lap away from a puncture at the Turkish Grand Prix, which he completed on a single set of intermediate tyres
Yep, the Frenchman managed to eke out 57 laps from his intermediate tyres. Normally, drivers are obliged to run two compounds of tyre during a race, but those rules are suspended during wet races, And so, the Alpine-Renault pilot was free to stay out of the pits all race.
— Alpine F1 Team (@AlpineF1Team) October 10, 2021
Drivers got through whole races on single sets of tyres all season long in 2005 due to infamous (and short-lived) rules that only allowed boot swaps in the event of a puncture, but with refuelling in operation that year, avoiding a pit stop was impossible. The whole grid technically did a whole ‘race’ without changing tyres at the disrupted Belgian Grand Prix earlier this year, but the less said about that the better.
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Hamilton lasted it out until lap 50 and voiced his displeasure at the late strategy call leaving him in the clutches of Alpha Tauri’s Pierre Gasly on better-scrubbed tyres. The Mercedes driver, in damage limitation mode following a 10-place engine change grid drop, was able to hold him off to take fifth.
Hamilton’s intermediates, one careful owner, never raced or rallied pic.twitter.com/d15I58KsfE
— Engine 11 Position 5 (@EngineMode11) October 10, 2021
Hamilton expressed shock when told of Ocon’s tyre endurance exploits after the race. “If Ocon did it, then I could do it, for sure,” he said. As far as Ocon was concerned, though, it was a risky move. “One more lap, I think we would’ve got a puncture,” he remarked. His tyres did look decidedly second-hand, and he’s suggested that the worst one might be hung up somewhere at Alpine’s Enstone factory. A fitting tribute.