After the race in Baku, where Max Verstappen and Lance Stroll finished their races before the time due to a flat rear tire, Pirelli as a tire manufacturer came under ‘attack’ by the championship’s leading man.
In an interview after the race, Verstappen said that the flat tire was completely unexpected and that Pirelli would eventually blame the shard on the track as the cause of the flat tire. “Every lap I drove in the same way in order to try to reduce as much as possible the possibility of the car behind me getting higher speed.
I didn't feel anything special until that moment, and telemetry didn't show anything unusual either. " "After these incidents, Pirelli will surely say that the tires did a good job and that the cause of the flat tires was actually a shard, so they will 'cover up'
They said the same thing in Imola, but this time the fact that the tire on the other car (Stroll) also burst unexpectedly. "
Ironically, Mario Isola from Pirelli said very soon after the race that preliminary tire inspections showed that nothing unusual was happening and that the probable cause of the tire burst was passing over the shard.
A contribution to this thesis is the fact that a cut was found on Lewis Hamilton's rear left tire during the red flag period, which, fortunately for him, was not so deep as to cause the tire to burst. Pirelli will surely say that the tires did a good job and that the cause of the flat tires was actually a shard, so they will 'cover up'
"Of course, we immediately ordered a detailed investigation and the tires will go immediately to Milan, where they will be analyzed in detail. The tires are not completely destroyed and I believe we will be able to find the cause of the bursting.
" “I can say that Lewis Hamilton’s tire had a cut, but luckily it passed without a burst. All other tires proved to be good after the first inspections, and it should be said that the rear left tire is not the most loaded on this track.
Therefore, the first information says that the cause of the tire burst was due to some shard on the track that caused the tire to cut and burst, ”said Isola. It will be interesting to find out what the main reason was and whether Verstappen or Isola is right.
Certainly such things should not happen and it is necessary for both parties to see what is the reason for this not to happen in the future.