Aston Martin has joined Red Bull in insisting it complied with Pirelli’s restrictions on tyre use prior to the crash which eliminated one of its cars from the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.Lance Stroll crashed out on lap 29 of the race following a failure of his left-rear tyre. Max Verstappen’s race was ended by similar failure 16 laps later.
Yesterday Pirelli stated that, following an inspection of both drivers’ tyres and other samples taken from the race weekend, it had “clearly identified” the causes of the failures. It said the tyres had not failed due to production problems or fatigue and that both teams had followed “the prescribed starting parameters” it specified for minimum pressure and blanket temperatures.
However it also noted a revised technical directive will come into force this weekend specifying new parameters teams must obey. As RaceFans reported yesterday, these restrictions specify how tyre pressures and blanket temperatures will be checked during sessions, including new cold pressure checks of the tyres.
Following yesterday’s announcement Red Bull affirmed they had “adhered to Pirelli’s tyre parameters at all times”. Aston Martin has issued a similar statement today.
“Following the tyre issue on Lance Stroll’s car on lap 29 of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, we have worked with the FIA and Pirelli during their investigation,” the team said.
“We can confirm there was no car fault that caused the tyre to fail.
“The team has always operated its tyres within the Pirelli prescribed parameters and will continue to do so.”
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