Azerbaijan GP tyre blowouts: Pirelli start investigations with drivers eager to know what went improper


Pirelli to conduct a full evaluation into what occurred to Max Verstappen and Lance Stroll’s left-rear tyres this week; Sky F1’s Damon Hill stated drivers proper to be involved after the blowouts occurred down Baku’s 200mph pit straight

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Anthony Davidson was on the SkyPad to analyse all the important thing motion from a dramatic day at Baku after Sergio Perez received race forward of Vettel and Gasly

Anthony Davidson was on the SkyPad to analyse all the important thing motion from a dramatic day at Baku after Sergio Perez received race forward of Vettel and Gasly

Damon Hill says F1’s drivers can be involved concerning the high-speed tyre failures within the Azerbaijan GP.

Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll and Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen, who was main the race, suffered left-rear failures on the exhausting compound inside 16 laps of one another whereas travelling round 200mph down Baku’s mammoth pit straight.

Pirelli will conduct in depth investigations into what brought about the blowouts this week.

“Definitely, the drivers are involved and effectively they is perhaps as a result of the circuit has bought a few of the highest speeds – sustained excessive speeds – of any circuit we go to,” stated Hill, the 1996 world champion, on Sky Sports activities Information.

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Damon Hill speaks to Sky Sports activities Information concerning the tyre blowouts within the Azerbaijan GP which noticed Lance Stroll and Max Verstappen crash at excessive velocity

Damon Hill speaks to Sky Sports activities Information concerning the tyre blowouts within the Azerbaijan GP which noticed Lance Stroll and Max Verstappen crash at excessive velocity

Pirelli boss Mario Isola stated on Sunday evening that the producer’s “first investigation” on the circuit into the tyre failures had pointed in the direction of on-track particles being the doable trigger.

Nonetheless, he careworn {that a} extra thorough evaluation could be accomplished after they bought the tyres again to their base in Italy later this week.

“First investigations counsel particles as a result of the rear-left will not be essentially the most careworn tyre on this circuit. It is the rear-right; if we discuss put on it is the front-right,” Isola, Pirelli’s head of F1, instructed Sky Germany.

“So it is ready that does not counsel something particular on tyres.

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Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin picks up a puncture and crashes at excessive velocity on the start-finish straight through the Azerbaijan GP

Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin picks up a puncture and crashes at excessive velocity on the start-finish straight through the Azerbaijan GP

“The opposite level is that we discovered one other reduce on a rear-left tyre from one other automotive that fortunately did not reduce the development. It was a rear-left from Lewis, that was clearly a reduce from particles.

Isola added: “When one thing like that occurs, we have to accumulate data to know what occurred.”

‘This isn’t speculated to occur’

Sebastian Vettel, whose Aston Martin team-mate Stroll was the primary to crash, stated the incidents occurred at “most likely the worst place of the yr” on the calendar.

“Clearly I used to be on the safer facet as a result of my tyres had been more energizing than everybody else’s however when Max had the identical challenge, it was fairly clear that… who’s subsequent? That kind of factor,” stated the four-time world champion, who completed second within the race.

“I do not know why however this isn’t speculated to occur so I believe there must be a little bit of an investigation as a result of it is most likely the worst place of the yr you wish to have this. It may go massively improper if you happen to get it improper so near additionally to pit entry, to the wall there. We’re doing effectively over 300kph (186mph).”

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Max Verstappen’s Crimson Bull suffers tyre failure inflicting him to crash out whereas main the Azerbaijan GP with just a few laps left

Max Verstappen’s Crimson Bull suffers tyre failure inflicting him to crash out whereas main the Azerbaijan GP with just a few laps left

Hill additionally stated that Verstappen was lucky to slew to the right-hand facet barrier.

“Max was fortunate as a result of if he goes to the left there is a barrier that goes into the pit wall, if he’d gone there the accident may have been fairly much more extreme,” added Hill.

“The affect may have been lots heavier.”

Sergio Perez, Sunday’s race winner and Verstappen’s team-mate, additionally stated it was essential the issues had been absolutely understood.

“The speeds and getting a failure there it is one thing fairly excessive,” stated the Crimson Bull driver. “Fortunately nothing occurred immediately nevertheless it’s one thing that needs to be reviewed and guarantee that we perceive what is going on on.

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Max Verstappen says that he had no warning that his tyre was going to blow out through the Azerbaijan GP

Max Verstappen says that he had no warning that his tyre was going to blow out through the Azerbaijan GP

In a press release on Sunday night, Pirelli’s Isola added: “No warnings or vibrations had been detected and not one of the different tyres of an analogous age or older confirmed any indicators of extra put on.

“So we cannot exclude that the harm was brought on by an exterior issue, though this stuff should not occur and we will perceive the necessity for solutions.”





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