Verstappen: Pirelli cannot blame F1 teams for tyre failures

Max Verstappen says Pirelli cannot blame Red Bull and Aston Martin for the 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix tyre failures and “have to look at themselves”. 

After Verstappen and Aston driver Lance Stroll endured violent, race-ending crashes last time out in Baku when their left-rear tyres let go while running along the track’s main straight, Pirelli said the problem was “related to the running conditions of the tyre”, despite “the prescribed starting parameters (minimum pressure and maximum blanket temperature) having been followed” at each squad. 

This suggested that the tyres may have been running below the mandated minimum pressures when out on track, although both Red Bull and Aston insisted in separate statements in the wake of Pirelli’s investigation that there was “no car fault” that contributed to the problems. 

Speaking alongside Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, who said “I don't think Pirelli are at fault”, in the pre-event press conference for this weekend’s French GP at Paul Ricard, Verstappen defended his squad’s actions. 

He said: “Of course, they explained that they don’t have measurement tools during the race, but we gave them our tyre pressures and they were within the limits they set.  

“If those limits are not correct, there is nothing we can do about it, we just follow what is possible within the rules.  

“If that means that we have to go up on pressures, we will – everyone will go up on pressures.  

“But they say they didn’t have the correct measurements, but we gave it to them after the race and it was shown that we didn’t do anything wrong there.  

“And also, Aston Martin didn’t do anything wrong.  

“So, they cannot put the blame on us. I think they have to look at themselves.  

“And we are here, happy to help of course with everything.  

“They already went up on pressure from Friday [in Baku] to Saturday, so that means something.

“Maybe it wasn’t enough. We’ll go up on pressures here, for sure, and hopefully that’s enough.”

Read Also:

Verstappen also said he was “personally not” happy with what he called Pirelli’s “vague” explanation of the Baku tyre failures. 

"For me it was just a bit vague what came out,” he said.

"But the only thing I can say is that from our side, I think the team did everything like they should have done. 

“They followed all the guidelines with tyre pressures and stuff. So, there was nothing to be found there.

“I don’t really get… for sure we’ll go up on pressures here for this weekend. I’m 100% sure we will.

“Probably it has something to do with that, what happened in Baku, but it would also be nice to just know if it was tyre pressure related.

“[Pirelli should] just speak out – it would be a bit easier to understand [if that happened] and I think the explanation we got so far [wasn’t enough] because the team didn’t do anything wrong.”

shares
comments

Related video

Hamilton: Pirelli not to blame for Baku tyre blowouts

Previous article

Hamilton: Pirelli not to blame for Baku tyre blowouts

Next article

Bottas not letting Mercedes F1 future become a distraction

Bottas not letting Mercedes F1 future become a distraction
Load comments
The squandered potential of a 70s F1 underdog Prime

The squandered potential of a 70s F1 underdog

A podium finisher in its first outing but then never again, the BRM P201 was a classic case of an opportunity squandered by disorganisation and complacency, says Stuart Codling.

Formula 1
Sep 18, 2021
The other notable Monza escape that F1 should learn from Prime

The other notable Monza escape that F1 should learn from

OPINION: The headlines were dominated by the Italian Grand Prix clash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, who had the halo to thank for avoiding potentially serious injury. But two days earlier, Formula 1 had a lucky escape with a Monza pitlane incident that could also have had grave consequences.

Formula 1
Sep 17, 2021
How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum Prime

How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum

With two sprint races under its belt, Formula 1 must now consider its options for them going forward. While they've helped deliver exciting racing on Sundays, the sprints themselves have been somewhat lacking - creating yet another conundrum for F1 to solve...

Formula 1
Sep 16, 2021
Who should Alfa Romeo sign for 2022's F1 season? Prime

Who should Alfa Romeo sign for 2022's F1 season?

OPINION: With Valtteri Bottas already signed up for 2022, all eyes are on the race for the second seat at Alfa Romeo next year. Antonio Giovinazzi is the current incumbent, but faces a tough competition from appealing short and long-term prospects

Formula 1
Sep 15, 2021
The "forced break" that was key to Ricciardo's Monza excellence Prime

The "forced break" that was key to Ricciardo's Monza excellence

OPINION: Daniel Ricciardo has long been considered one of Formula 1's elite drivers. But his struggles at McLaren since switching from Renault for 2021 have been painful to watch at times. Yet he's recovered to banish those memories with a famous Monza win – built on a critically important foundation

Formula 1
Sep 14, 2021
Italian Grand Prix driver ratings Prime

Italian Grand Prix driver ratings

Two drivers produced faultless performances as, for the second year in a row, Monza threw up an unpredictable result that left many to rue what might have been

Formula 1
Sep 13, 2021
Why Ricciardo would have won without Verstappen/Hamilton crash Prime

Why Ricciardo would have won without Verstappen/Hamilton crash

The clash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton was the major flashpoint the 2021 Italian Grand Prix will be remembered for. Yet by this point, race leader Daniel Ricciardo had already done the hard work that would put him in position to end his and McLaren's lengthy win droughts, on a memorable afternoon in Monza

Formula 1
Sep 13, 2021
Why Italian GP success is on for McLaren even if Verstappen dominates Prime

Why Italian GP success is on for McLaren even if Verstappen dominates

For the second time in 2021, McLaren will line up for the start of a grand prix from the first row. It knows it has the chance of "glory" if things go well for Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris at the start of the 2021 Italian Grand Prix, but even if they just maintain their grid positions, signs from the rest of the Monza weekend suggest success is very possible for Formula 1's other orange army

Formula 1
Sep 12, 2021