Both drivers crashed hard into the wall on the long straight in Baku. As they were almost identical crashes, it seemed to be a fault in the tyres. Verstappen was angry about the incident and had to wait for the investigation that would follow. Pirelli said after the investigation that no production or quality faults were found.
The Italians state that for both drivers it was a crack in the circumferential direction on the inside of the tyre, which points in the direction of the pressure and temperature of the tyres. Pirelli does believe that the starting parameters prescribed by the teams were respected. Nevertheless, the company claims that the problem lay with the teams themselves.
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