Max Verstappen Reckons Pirelli’s Recent Statement Regarding Baku Tire Blowout ‘Raises More Questions’

Published 06/18/2021, 10:29 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


Suspicions are steadily growing around Pirelli since Max Verstappen and Lance Stroll suffered tire blowouts during the race in Baku, and it was the rear-left tire in both cases.

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But how did Pirelli react? Well, the Italian company claimed the cars were running with much lower tire pressures, freeing any kind of skepticism swarming around them.

However, Verstappen is not pleased with Pirelli’s response, as he felt the statement only “raises even more questions.

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What did Max Verstappen say?

During an interview at Circuit Paul Ricard, the Dutchman revealed that neither Red Bull nor Aston Martin had done no changes to their tire pressures.

Furthermore, he also mentioned that Pirelli managed to catch a glimpse of the in-race data as well, which they claimed they never did.

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

I think it just raises even more questions. But you know, we have the data. We can see tire pressures while driving. We gave it to them and we were not below the minimum,” Verstappen said. “So, from our side, we didn’t do anything wrong as a team. 

So, when two crashes, luckily everyone walked away from happen, and clearly both teams were operating within their limits, then I don’t understand why you cannot say the teams didn’t do anything wrong. I mean, we gave them the data,” the 2021 title contender added.

Considering the speed at which the collision occurred, things could have gotten a lot worse, especially with the pit lane entry just yards away from the point where his tire blew out.

There was something happening: Verstappen

The Red Bull driver sounded convinced that there was something unnatural happening to the tires before it blew out on the main straight at Baku. Hence, he demanded transparency from Pirelli, considering this could be a risk to drivers’ safety.

You can clearly see from the pictures, there was something happening. I find that a little bit tough to take when it’s about safety,” he said.

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

They just say in a vague way that we don’t know what the teams are doing. We know what we have been doing. We showed it to them and it is within the limits.”

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The war of words seems to be never-ending at the moment, and Verstappen’s claims have undoubtedly raised more questions.

Hence, are Pirelli hiding something? Are they to blame for the two high-speed collisions in Azerbaijan? Well, we’ll know soon enough.

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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