Andreas Seidl stated that it is “disappointing” the way Pirelli expressed itself over the incidents in Baku.
After what happened in Baku to Lance Stroll and Max Verstappen, the FIA issued a technical directive regarding the two incidents. Mario Isola, Pirelli F1 chief, said that the two teams were using lower pressures compared to the other teams. However, he underlined the fact that they were not breaking any rule.
Lewis Hamilton believes that it was not Pirelli’s fault, while Verstappen or Marcin Budkowski thought that Pirelli was at fault in Azerbaijan.
Moreover, Andreas Seidl said that Pirelli’s statements were not completely clear, and did not explain in a detailed way what cause the tire to fail like that.
“What is a bit disappointing for us is that there is not more transparency in what happened, because it was a safety-critical topic,” Seidl said.
“Normally, that was a good practice in other cases in the past, with cases like that happening, there is the transparency of what is happening, which didn’t happen so far towards the teams.
“So that’s a bit disappointing.”
Seidl added that criticizing Pirelli is not correct, and believes that the tires they produce are completely safe. Therefore, he would not support the teams or drivers that think the tire producer is at fault.
“There’s a lot of criticism up in the air towards Pirelli, but in the end, I think that’s not something we would support from our side,” Seidl said.
“I think Pirelli has produced a safe product for this year. If we look at our car for example in Baku, if you were running the car within the regulations and following the prescriptions from Pirelli, there was no issue with the tire.
“So that’s why I think it would be important for everyone, for the entire paddock to have transparency in understanding what happened, and what was causing these failures in the end.”
Before the start of the French GP, Pirelli stated that more checks on the tire pressures will be made, and they also asked the team to run the recommended pressure levels.
Finally, Seidl added that McLaren will “definitely welcome” the clarifications made by the FIA. However, he still thinks that they were not necessary since the rules are already clear.
“From our point of view, they were not needed – the regulations were clear before,” Seidl said.
“There is a clear reason why we get the prescriptions from Pirelli, and why these regulations are in place.
“We as a team are fully aware of that, and we know we have to act responsibly with these prescriptions within the regulations to make sure that there are not tire failures and we do not put our drivers at risk.
“The TD doesn’t change anything in terms of what we did, what we have to do now, or what we did in the past. As I said before, the regulations were clear before.”