Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has welcomed Pirelli’s new tire pressure checks. The Austrian believes it will allow the teams to be on a “level playing field”.

After Baku’s tire drama in which two drivers were forced to end their races in the barrier, destroying their single-seaters due to tire failures, Pirelli pointed out that Aston Martin and Red Bull seemed to have respected the minimal required pressures and were not guilty of the unfortunate event.

This statement of the Italian tire manufacturer left the doubt and some personalities of the Formula One paddock like Wolff questioned the ability of some of their competitors to follow the rules.

“We have always operated to the limits that were given to us by Pirelli,” Wolff admitted. “And the logic is if we start with the prescriptions, there’s only one direction and that is up, in terms of tire pressures.

The team boss pointed out that the new tire checks introduced by Pirelli to ensure that the teams are running at higher pressures than the limit they imposed should be welcomed as it will help the teams to play a more fair game and to discourage some from cheating.

“I think we just want to have a level playing field. Whether it’s up and down, that’s not the point. But if somebody is capable of extracting two or three pounds out of a tire while it’s running, there’s obviously not a level playing field.”

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