Max Verstappen Feels Pirelli are Misleading F1 Fans With Unclear Explanation

Published 06/20/2021, 10:41 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – FIA Press Conference – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 17, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Red Bull’s Max Verstappen is understandably unhappy with Pirelli’s statement regarding his tire blowout with just 5 laps remaining at Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Furthermore, he also admits, Pirelli’s explanation is not ‘fully clear’ to the Formula 1 fans.

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Max Verstappen looked all set to achieve his maiden win at Azerbaijan Grand Prix. However, he suffered a daunting crash because of a tire blowout. As a result, the Dutchman lost the golden opportunity to extend his lead over the 7-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton.

Max Verstappen’s crash was indistinguishable from the crash of Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll, who had an identical rear-left tire failure down the main straight.

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Meanwhile, Pirelli F1 chief Mario Isola explained that both Aston Martin and Red Bull were running lower pressures than recommended by the Italian tire manufacturers. But both sides broke no guidelines.

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What did Max Verstappen say?

“I am happy that there is better control now. But I am still not happy with the explanation of what happened in Baku,” said Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 22, 2021. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier.

“Because I think it is not completely clear, at least for the people outside, for the fans.” (Quotes translated from German via Google translate)

‘I think the team did everything like they should have done’ Verstappen on Pirelli statement

Ahead of the French Grand Prix, Max Verstappen said at the drivers’ press conference that he was unhappy with Pirelli’s report on tire pressure and believes his team did everything correctly.

When asked if he was satisfied with the Pirelli report, the Dutchman said, “Personally not. I think the team did everything like they should have done; they followed all the guidelines with tire pressures at the start.

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Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 6, 2021. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen kicks the wheel of his car after crashing out of the race REUTERS/Anton Vaganov.

“For sure we’ll go up on pressures here for this weekend. 100% sure we will. Probably it has something to do with that, what happened in Baku, but it would also be nice to know if it was tire pressure-related. Just speak out.”

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Can we witness further tire blowouts in the near future? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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