The Azerbaijan Grand Prix has been stopped after Max Verstappen crashed out while leading with five laps to go.
He was the second driver to suffer an apparently left-rear failure. Lance Stroll crashed out earlier in the race, approaching the same part of the track, suffering a heavy contact with the barrier.
Shortly before the race was stopped, Red Bull’s sporting director Jonathan Wheatley was heard telling Formula 1 race director Michael Masi they had no indication Verstappen’s tyre was about to fail.
“Michael I know you’re busy,” he said. “We got zero warning of that failure, nothing on a metric, not a vibration. Our point is: Consider red flag and the opportunity for everyone to change tyres.”
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner was shown in the race broadcast discussing the failure, saying it occured without any warning. Verstappen had been running on the set of C3 hard compound tyres for 32 laps.
Verstappen’s crash promoted Sergio Perez into the lead ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.
Formula 1 has announced the race will restart at 6:10pm local time.
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