Two high-speed tire blowouts throughout Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix could have been attributable to exterior components reminiscent of particles, tire provider Pirelli mentioned on Sunday.
Pirelli’s F1 head Mario Isola mentioned an inspection after the race was halted following Verstappen’s crash discovered that Mercedes‘ seven instances world champion Lewis Hamilton additionally had a broken tire.
“We have to clearly set up the info behind the incidents,” Isola mentioned.
“What we will say for now’s that there was additionally a minimize discovered on Hamilton’s tire, and that it is the rear-right tire that truly works tougher than the rear-left right here.
“No warnings or vibrations have been detected and not one of the different tires of an analogous age or older confirmed any indicators of extra put on. So we cannot exclude that the harm was attributable to an exterior issue.”
Isola mentioned he understood the necessity for solutions.
Verstappen angrily kicked the rear-left of his automobile after getting out of the wreckage however group bosses have been cautious to not communicate of tire failure.
“It regarded just like the (tire) put on was all in fine condition,” mentioned Purple Bull boss Christian Horner.
“We have been managing the tire fairly properly… it immediately deflated. Whether or not it is a bit of particles from the shunt earlier, you simply do not know. Let’s get the tire again and take a look at it absolutely.”
Stroll crashed on lap 31 of 51 when he was the one driver nonetheless to pit. Verstappen’s blowout occurred 5 laps from the tip, with the race re-started with drivers on contemporary tires.