John Floyd
Motorsport columnist
3 minute read
16 Jun 2021
9:06 am

Double F1 tyre blowout riddle not solved yet

John Floyd

Debate around rubber failure in Baku rages on as the Formula 1 show moves to France for the first of three back-to-back races.

Lance Stroll was fortunate to escape a high-speed F1 crash in Baku. Picture: Getty Images

At the time of writing there had been no further news from Pirelli regarding the failure of two of the company’s hard compound tyres at the F1 Azerbaijan street circuit. Fortunately neither of the high-speed crashes resulted in any injuries to the drivers, but they certainly influenced the outcome of the race and put a large dent in both teams’ restricted annual budgets, while raising some interesting comments. FIA Race Director Michael Masi was reported as saying that restarting the race with just two laps remaining was in the best interests of the sport. Quoting the regulations regarding red flags...