The unexpected stop for Max Verstappen, four laps before the end of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in the Formula 1 championship series, did not leave his fans or tire manufacturer Pirelli cold.
Photo: SITA/AP, Maxim Shemetov
Max Verstappen after the accident in Baku.
The management of this mammoth concern has already announced the launch of an investigation in order to clarify the causes of the defect of the leader of the Red Bull stable and the entire championship of the e-unit.
Verstappen was unexpectedly “shot” by the left rear tire on the city circuit in Baku, crashed into the barriers at a speed of more than 300 km / h and withdrew prematurely from the race.
If he reached the finish line as the winner, he would increase the lead at the head of the championship over defending champion Lewis Hamilton. In this way, he was lucky in his misfortune, at least in that he got out of the cockpit of his monopost without injury.
“We will not only examine the damaged tires under a microscope, but we will also prepare an analysis of what actually happened.
We can say with certainty that it was not a classic defect caused by excessive tire wear, “said Pirelli sports director Mario Isola, according to the orf.at website.
The same problem as Verstappen was a bit more affected by the Canadian Lanc Stroll at Aston Martin at the race in Baku.
He, too, crashed into barriers at high speed when his left rear tire obeyed. At the same time, the car did not signal any problem in advance.
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“The cause of the problems of both riders could also be the debris on the track. This thesis is also supported by the fact that Mercedes technicians noticed a cut tire of Lewis Hamilton, “says orf.at.
The race was interrupted for half an hour after Verstappen’s forced resignation, and after it started, Hamilton had all the trump cards in his hand to win the 99th career victory.
But in an attempt to overtake the Mexican Sérgio Pérez, he flew into the escape zone in a corner without brakes, and when he returned to the track, it was only enough for the final 15th place.
Thanks to this, Verstappen maintained a four-point lead at the head of the World Cup. The winner was his teammate Pérez.
“At first I was very frustrated, but then Lewis made a mistake and I stayed at the top of the championship.
Nevertheless, I am dissatisfied because I wanted to increase my lead in Baku in the first place. I definitely had the form and monopost for that, “commented Vestappen.
Calendar and results of F1 2021
|Date, venue and name of the winner / start time with us|
|1.||28. brand||Bahrain Grand Prix||Lewis Hamilton|
|2.||April 18||VC Emilia-Romagna||Max
|3.||May 2||VC Portugal||Lewis
|4.||May 9||Grand Prix of Spain||Lewis
|5.||May 23||WC Monaco||Max
|6.||June 6||WC of Azerbaijan||Sergio perez|
|7.||June 20||French Grand Prix||15.00|
|8.||June 27||VC Styria||15.00|
|9.||July 4||Grand Prix of Austria||15.00|
|10.||July 18||VC Great Britain||16.00|
|11.||1. augusta||Grand Prix of Hungary||15.00|
|12.||29. augusta||Belgian Grand Prix||15.00|
|13.||September 5||Dutch Grand Prix||15.00|
|14.||September 12||Italian Grand Prix||15.00|
|15.||September 26||VC Russia||14.00|
|16.||October 3||VC Singapore||14.00|
|17.||October 10||VC Japan||7.00|
|18.||October 24||YOU USE||21.00|
|19.||October 31||VC Mexico||20.00|
|20.||November 7||Brazilian Grand Prix||18.00|
|21.||November 21||Australian Grand Prix||7.00|
|22.||December 5||Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia||17.00|
|23.||December 12||VC Abu Dhabi||14.00|
Riders: 1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull-Honda) 105 b., 2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 101, 3. Sergio Pérez (Red Bull-Honda) 69, 4. Lando Norris (McLaren-Mercedes) 66, 5. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) 52, 6. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) 47.
Constructors’ Cup: 1. Red Bull-Honda 174, 2. Mercedes
148, 3. Ferrari 94, 4. McLaren-Mercedes 92, 5. AlphaTauri-Honda 39.