Pirelli yesterday reiterated its position on the ‘pressure’ issue that emerged after the Baku weekend.
In yesterday’s traditional press conference, Max Verstappen, when asked about the press release issued by the tire manufacturer at the end of the analysis carried out jointly with the FIA, responded by defending Red Bull’s position and declaring himself not satisfied with the explanations provided because they were considered ‘vague’.
A few hours later it was the turn of Mario Isola, who at the press conference reiterated what was contained in the press release issued on Tuesday evening and adding that the causes of the problems that emerged in Baku on Verstappen’s Red Bull and Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin are attributable to pressures lower than those expected in running conditions.
One aspect, underlined the head of motorsport Pirelli, is that it does not violate the regulations, but that in fact has been indicated as the cause of the problems that occurred in Azerbaijan.
“What happened in Baku – underlined Isola – can be traced back to one factor: the expected driving conditions were different from the actual driving conditions, and this created the conditions and effects we have seen”.
“When a lot of energy acts on the tires, and the pressure is lower than expected, the result is that standing waves form on the sidewall of the tire, which in turn increases the energy on the tire leading to failure. This is what happened in Baku ”.
“We expect the tires in the race to be used with a certain pressure and a certain camber – clarified Isola – and we always guarantee ourselves a certain margin. In Baku these conditions were not met, not because the teams were doing something against the regulations, but because they were looking, as always, for the best performances, and this created a scenario different from what we expected. A scenario in which mainly the tires turned at a lower pressure than expected ”.
Isola stressed that the teams have not done anything against the regulation since today there is no minimum operating pressure to be respected in race conditions, a value that in 2022 will be included in the technical regulation since all teams will have to use a standard pressure sensor. , which can be monitored by the FIA technicians.
“If the regulation does not indicate a pressure to be respected in the race – confirmed Isola – I obviously cannot say that the teams were doing something against the regulation in their search for greater performance, if they respect the pressure value set at the start, in fact respect the regulation. If a similar situation arises next year, when we impose a march pressure, then in that case it will be against the regulation, but today it is not like that ”.