The British Grand Prix saw an interesting strategic decision by McLaren when they opted to put Lando Norris on hard tires during a safety car period. This decision was made due to the timing of the safety car call, which occurred just as Norris was coming into the pits with the hard tires ready. McLaren team principal Andrea Stella explained that the last-minute change to soft tires would have created an operational problem and potentially delayed the pitstop. The biggest risk was that Norris would arrive at the pit box before the soft tires were ready, giving other drivers the opportunity to overtake him. Ultimately, McLaren decided to stick with the hard tires, as the difference in warm-up between the two compounds was minimal at the high-speed Silverstone circuit. Stella emphasized that managing the first four corners and generating enough temperature would mitigate the challenges of the harder compound. Although it may have cost them a position at the restart, McLaren believed it was the most sensible decision.