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Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2021

Villeneuve criticises Pirelli tyres after Verstappen crash: Embarrassing

With Pirelli set to reveal their findings as to what happened with their tyres in Baku, 1997 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve made his thoughts on the matter very clear.

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Jacques Villeneuve didn't pull any punches when describing the tyre failures that happened at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, calling the situation embarrassing.

Pirelli, the official tyre supplier of F1, is expected to reveal their findings in the coming days after both Max Verstappen and Lance Stroll crashed out with left-rear tyre failures while running the hard C3 compound.

“Tyres should not explode like that,” Villeneuve told RaceFans.net. “They did not even have that many laps. It’s embarrassing.

“And too bad – Stroll was having a good race and Max had it under control.”

Verstappen was leading the race when his tyre gave way with just six laps to go. Stroll retired with a similar problem earlier in the race, though both cars had only completed around 30 laps on the sets of tyres.

Perhaps most worrying is the fact that both teams said there were no warning signs regarding any failures.

“Max was just doing best lap after best lap and he had a big lead so he didn’t need to drive so fast,” Villeneuve added. “But I’m not sure what else he could have done because he wasn’t sliding around, there was nothing major.

"So bad luck there.”

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