Bridgestone have launched an investigation into Lewis Hamilton’s puncture during Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix.
Following the second round of pit stops for the two Ferraris, Hamilton was leading the grand prix when he tyre suffered a front-right tyre puncture.
The flaying rubber meant that the McLaren rookie had to gingerly make his way back to the pits, trying to avoid further damage to his McLaren’s bodywork.
Once in the pits his MP4-22 was fitted with a new tyre and he was able to complete the grand prix, finishing in fifth place.
Bridgestone are now looking into the cause of Hamilton’s incident.
“Unfortunately, Lewis Hamilton’s tyre deflated on his second stint and we are still investigating the reason for this,” said Kees van de Grint, head of track engineering operations.
“The cause is not immediately evident following our preliminary investigations. Fortunately, Hamilton was able to pit and finish the race to take points.”