Pirelli Boss Lauds Max Verstappen for His Impeccable Tire Management

Published 02/15/2021, 7:19 AM EST
SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – JULY 07: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB13 TAG Heuer on track during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring on July 7, 2017 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)


Max Verstappen is the king of tire management, unlike his rivals, who constantly are struggling with longevity on tires during a race. The ability to have proper tire management is the key factor in winning or losing a race.

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During the 2020 season itself, the dominating Mercedes team faced issues with tire management. The 70th Grand Prix at Silverstone saw Valtteri Bottas lose his podium finish due to not having properly managed his tires.

On the other hand, during another race at the same track, Lewis Hamilton won on just three tires while being chased by Red Bull’s Verstappen.

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HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY – JULY 28: Race winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring on July 28, 2019 in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Max Verstappen takes care of his tires

In an interview with RacingNews365, Pirellis boss Mario Isola said, “We are talking about the 20 best drivers in the world. It is clear that they have great skills.

“Every driver has his own driving style. A driver can make the difference if he knows exactly how far he can push the tyre, Max is a great driver in that respect. And Lewis for sure, but Charles is also very good at tyre management.”

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – JULY 01: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB14 TAG Heuer on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring on July 1, 2018 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

He added, “I was impressed by Max in Brazil a few years ago. His performance on a wet track was great. The conditions were the same for everyone but he drove unbelievably well.”

Can Max’s tires push him all the way?

The opening race for 2021 will be in Bahrain on March 28. Fans are excited to see the Dutchman pushing Mercedes drivers, Hamilton and Bottas, to their limit. He is constantly behind them, waiting to pounce.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing looks on during the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Cooler Runnings event at Station Pier, Port Melbourne ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Australia in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

This season, he partner up with Mexican driver, Sergio Perez for the upcoming season. Having top drivers behind the wheel will surely give Red Bull a chance at the title.

Will Verstappen‘s tires last long enough to fight for the driver’s championship? Let us know what you think.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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