After what happened in Baku, Otmar Szafnauer believes F1 has a “real and serious” issue if the tires explode like that.
Lance Stroll suffered a rear-left puncture at the Baku GP, forcing him to retire from the race. After the crash, Pirelli stated that it had happened because of the running conditions of the rubber.
Moreover, Pirelli said that both Aston Martin and Red Bull, which suffered a similar crash, were using lower pressures than expected.
However, Szafnauer said that the team was running with regular pressures that were above the minimum values imposed by Pirelli. Plus, he does not want this situation to repeat itself.
“It’s a real and serious problem that we’ve got to get on top of,” he said. “I think we’re lucky to only break the car and not anything else. So, we’ve got to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
“We will follow the new prescriptions. We have always been within the parameters that both the FIA and Pirelli set for us.”
When Pirelli announced that the issue that brought to the crash was the pressure, Szafnauer said: “I’m surprised that that was the conclusion.
“We followed all the prescriptions to the letter, and we were never under the minimum pressure. So, we had stabilized pressures, they were higher [than advised]. That’s normal. That’s usually what happens.
“The pressures on the grid that were checked, were above the minimum. So yeah, I don’t know what their expectations were. But I would imagine they expect that the pressure comes up. But that’s exactly what happened with us.”
As of now, it is still not sure who was at fault in Baku. Of course, the GPDA says that the safety of the drivers has never to be compromised.
“The GPDA is in constant communication with FIA, F1, and also Pirelli, and whenever an incident and/or accident happens we communicate with them and other relevant parties. Consequently, after Baku, we communicated with all stakeholders about the two accidents we witnessed.”
“For the GPDA it remains a high-speed accident and therefore we request the involved stakeholders to apply the highest attention for short and long-term improvements,” said Alex Wurz, GPDA chairman.