Otmar Szafnauer, team principal of Aston Martin, hopes that the French GP will ‘silence’ the people that accused them of cheating in the Azerbaijan tire affair.
After the Azerbaijan GP, the events that unfolded were bound to be watched by all around the paddock. Pirelli opened an investigation into the tire blowouts in Lance Stroll’s and Max Verstappen’s cars. The investigation concluded that neither Pirelli nor the teams were at fault.
Pirelli’s investigation said that the teams involved, Red Bull and Aston Martin, did not break any rules in how they ran their tires but pointed out it was outside of the prescribed pressure limit of Pirelli’s suggestions. This sparked debate in the paddock with many simply calling it cheating.
In light of those events, regulations for the French GP were changed. Szafnauer reacted.
“It’s frustrating, especially when you know exactly what you’re doing, and you’re well within the rules, for other people who don’t know what you’re doing to accuse you.”
“Hopefully that will silence them, but I can tell you that we’ve never done anything untoward.”
“We’ve always followed both the FIA and the Pirelli prescriptions, and will continue to do so.”
“Well, we can make it work. And as you saw, the tyre technical directive came out, we had to change our ways of working, and it didn’t have an impact on our strategy whatsoever, which just kind of tells you that we were following the prescription anyway.”
“You just have to know what you’re doing. And we still work within all the parameters. It’s just if you’re a little bit clever on how to use the tire, that’s what happens.”
“You have to look at some of the other teams that went backwards because of the technical directive.”
“From where we qualified I think we did pretty well to get both of them in the points, which is what I was hoping for.”
“Maybe Seb could have been a little bit higher up because it was very tight at the end. But we’ll take that, re-group, and qualify better at the next one and race better.”