Pirelli suspects debris caused Verstappen tyre failure

Pirelli F1 boss Mario Isola speculated that debris lingering on the track had caused Max Verstappen's tyre failure... The post Pirelli suspects debris caused Verstappen tyre failure appeared first on F1i.com.

Pirelli suspects debris caused Verstappen tyre failure

Pirelli F1 boss Mario Isola speculated that debris lingering on the track had caused Max Verstappen's tyre failure and subsequent demise from Sunday's Emilia Romagna GP.

The Red Bull driver was on course for runner-up spot behind race winner Lewis Hamilton at Imola when a blown tyre on the approach to Variante Villeneuve sent the Dutchman into the gravel trap with just 13 laps to go.

The sudden nature of the failure pointed to the probability of Verstappen hitting a piece of debris just before.

"Obviously we need to look at the medium tyre that had completed 32 laps with Red Bull's Max Verstappen to understand exactly what happened," commented Isola.

"It seems that some debris on the track could have caused a puncture."

The retirement marked Verstappen's third DNF in as many races in Italy this season, and his fourth overall in 2020.

"I had a good start and was enjoying fighting and staying with both Mercedes cars," said the Red Bull charger.

"I pitted early to trigger the pit stops and Valtteri [Bottas] followed, but he had damage and started holding us up after the stop so we lost a lot of time to Lewis who was in clean air.

"Once I got past him, the pace was there and the car felt good. I was actually having a lot of fun and then suddenly on the straight I lost the car because of some sort of tyre failure.

"It’s a big shame because it would’ve been very nice to have second place and another podium.

"It is what it is and to score zero points is obviously not what you want but overall the race itself was very positive."

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Leclerc mulls whether second pitstop could have secured Imola podium

Charles Leclerc was overall happy with his run to fifth in Sunday's Emilia Romagna GP, but the Ferrari... The post Leclerc mulls whether second pitstop could have secured Imola podium appeared first on F1i.com.

Leclerc mulls whether second pitstop could have secured Imola podium

Charles Leclerc was overall happy with his run to fifth in Sunday's Emilia Romagna GP, but the Ferrari driver pondered whether an additional pitstop during the safety car period could have yielded a podium finish.

From P7 on the grid, Leclerc drove a strong opening stint on the soft tyre before switching to a set of hards after 12 laps.

The Monegasque battled his way back into the top five ahead of the deployment of the safety car on lap 51, running in the wake of the Renault of eventual podium finisher Daniel Ricciardo.

A pitstop during the caution period by Racing Point's Sergio Perez moved Leclerc up to fourth, but on the restart, the Ferrari driver was overhauled by AlphaTauri's Daniil Kvyat who had also pitted under the safety car for a fresh set of soft rubber.

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In hindsight, Leclerc wondered whether his team should have perhaps made the same call.

"I thought of the podium at one point," he said. "It didn’t happen but we were very close to it. The restart, being behind Daniel with the cold tyres, I was struggling quite a bit, and then Daniil passed me.

"I’ll have to analyse a bit better… whether we should have gone on the medium [at the first stop, when Leclerc took on hard tyres] and probably stopped a bit later for the soft.

"We’ll have to look further into the data to understand, because [the team] see the whole situation, and I don’t from the car," he added.

"It’s always tricky to know whether it was the right move or not, but at the end [we kept Perez behind] which was the most important, as he’s the closest to us in the championship."

Overall, Leclerc cast a positive view of his performance on Sunday.

"I was pretty comfortable," he said. "We were actually quite competitive during the whole race.

"We were maybe a tiny bit quicker than Daniel on the hard compound at the beginning [of the second stint] but not by much – not enough to overtake for sure.

"And then at the restart, I struggled a bit more compared to Daniel, who did a great job. So P5, I’m happy."

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