When asked about Pirelli’s explanation for the Baku tyre punctures, drivers expressed various views.
The sole supplier stated that there weren’t any production or quality defects relating to the two high-speed failures.
Ahead of the French Grand Prix, Verstappen vented, “I think the team did everything like they should have done, they followed all the guidelines with tyre pressures at the start. 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 tyre pressure-related. Just speak out.” Clearly, Max isn’t happy with what Pirelli issued as a statement.
Pirelli shifting the blame to teams probably isn’t the best course of action. It may be time to consider other tyre suppliers.
While considering the confidence of Pirelli tyres, Sebastian said, “I think the short answer would be, I can’t say 100% yes, and I can’t say 100% no. The demands are very high and it’s not always easy to get everything right. So, if you’re trying for the perfect product, to make everybody involved happy, probably it’s not going to happen.”
It’s understandable that mistakes can happen. Yet, all of the teams followed F1 regulations.
Sergio suggested, “From what we’ve seen in Baku, all the teams have stuck to the regulations or what Pirelli has asked for us to do. And it’s a concern. We know that Baku’s a special place and so on but still it’s a concern what happened. We’ll see what they come up with. It’s all about our safety in those moments.”
Pirelli’s guidelines have not been provided as yet. Noting that each team has different sensors, controlling the pressures of the car on the track will be interesting.
Hamilton doubted that Pirelli was at fault and supported the increased tyre checks that the FIA approved for Paul Ricard. He said, “I’m happy that they have acknowledged that they need to clarify it, and I think what’s really, really important from now is how they police it because they’ve not been policing how the tyres are being used, tyre pressures, tyre temperatures, and we need to do better. We need to see them really follow through and be really vigilant to make sure that it’s equal across the field.”
In the end, safety is what’s most important. However, there is a slight chance of rain, high temperatures and wind predicted for Paul Ricard. We’ll see what happens this weekend.
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