Max Verstappen admits that everything has been good with his tires his retirement from the Azerbaijan GP.
With less than 5 laps to go in the Azerbaijan GP it seemed like Verstappen would win another race in the 2021 season to strengthen his championship lead. However, his race ended prematurely after his left rear tire failed and he hit the wall at the start-finish straight. After the race, the Dutchman has said that he did not anticipate any issue with his tire compound.
“I didn’t feel anything up until the moment that I suddenly went to the right. The tyre just blew off the rim.”
The no.33 car driver is also disappointed with the fact that he has lost the chance to increase the gap from Lewis Hamilton in the standings because the race was going well for him.
“Up until then I think we had a very strong race. I was basically matching the lap times that I had to do behind. We were fully in control.”
“Of course it’s very disappointing what happened. We lost out on a lot of points, we could have opened up the gap in the championship as well, so to have this happening, especially so close to the end, is very frustrating.”
The team principal Christian Horner confirms Verstappen’s words, stating that everything has been under control as the tire management has been successful.
“We were staring down the barrels of our first one-two since 2016. Everything in control. GP had just checked in with Max, all okay. And then boom, the tire went,” he told Sky Sports.
“At the moment we don’t know why, it looked like the wear was all in good shape so whether it’s debris or something as happened. But it’s a big place to have an accident. Thankfully he’s okay.”
“We were managing the tyres pretty well and you could see all the wear pins and all that was going well. You can see it’s suddenly deflated. Whether it’s a bit of debris from the shunt earlier you just don’t know.”
“So I think let’s get the tyre back, look at it fully. But obviously [we were] feeling at that point that the world’s just dropped from under us.”