Verstappen had no warning of tyre problem before “dangerous” crash · RaceFans


Max Verstappen mentioned he had no indication he was about to undergo a tyre failure earlier than the crash which price him victory within the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

The Purple Bull driver was main the race with 5 laps to go when he suffered an obvious left-rear tyre failure which despatched his automotive into the wall on the pit straight, the place pace exceed 300kph.

“I didn’t really feel something up till the second that I out of the blue went to the proper,” defined Verstappen after he had been launched from the Medical Centre on the Baku Metropolis Circuit. “The tyre simply blew off the rim.”

He struck the barrier nose-first however was capable of climb out of his RB16B unaided. “It’s not a pleasant affect to have,” he mentioned. “It’s fairly a harmful place to have a tyre blow out at that pace. However all superb with me, the automotive not a lot.”

Though championship rival Lewis Hamilton additionally failed to attain, Verstappen rued the misplaced alternative to shut on his rival.

“Up till then I believe we had a really robust race,” he mentioned. “I used to be principally matching the lap occasions that I needed to do behind. We had been absolutely in management.

“In fact it’s very disappointing what occurred. We misplaced out on lots of factors, we might have opened up the hole within the championship as properly, so to have this occurring, particularly so near the tip, could be very irritating.”

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His crew mate Sergio Perez, who was operating second on the time of Verstappen’s crash, went on to take victory. Purple Bull crew principal Christian Horner mentioned it was a day of combined emotions for the crew after a failure which price them their first one-two end for 5 years.

Horner mentioned Verstappen and race engineer Giampiero Labiase had the race underneath management when the failure struck with out warning.

“We had been staring down the barrels of our first one-two since 2016,” he informed Sky. “Every thing in management. GP had simply checked in with Max, all okay. After which growth, the tyre went.

“In the meanwhile we don’t know why, it regarded like the wear and tear was all in fine condition so whether or not it’s particles or one thing as occurred. Nevertheless it’s a giant place to have an accident. Fortunately he’s okay.”

“We had been managing the tyres fairly properly and you would see all the wear and tear pins and all that was going properly,” Horner added. “You may see it’s out of the blue deflated. Whether or not it’s a little bit of particles from the shunt earlier you simply don’t know.

“So I believe let’s get the tyre again, take a look at it absolutely. However clearly [we were] feeling at that time that the world’s simply dropped from underneath us.”

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