Pirelli F1 boss Mario Isola has stated his belief Lews Hamilton could not have reached the chequered flag without stopping in the Turkish Grand Prix.
Hamilton was one of three drivers that attempted to complete the Turkish GP without a pit stop with the intermediate tyres lasting well on a drying track.
However, Mercedes eventually pitted Hamilton with eight laps remaining, a decision that frustrated the seven-time champion as he dropped from third to fifth and his fresh tyres quickly suffered from graining.
Asked if Hamilton and Mercedes could have held out to the end of the race, Isola told Sky Sports F1: "Looking at the tyres after the race, I would say no, or at least it was really at the limit."
Esteban Ocon was the only driver to reach the end of the race on one set of tyres, claiming a point for Alpine, but was four seconds slower than 11th-placed Antonio Giovinazzi on the final lap.
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