Pirelli open to discussing AlphaTauri tyre complaints

Date published: August 1 2021 - Finley Crebolder

Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Honda

Pirelli chief Mario Isola plans to have a discussion with AlphaTauri to understand their complaints about the tyres used at Silverstone.

The Italian company introduced new rear tyres for the British Grand Prix weekend following the sudden punctures that ended Lance Stroll and Max Verstappen’s races in Baku.

Despite it being one of the hardest tracks on tyres, there were no such issues at Silverstone like there have been in races in previous years.

That said, AlphaTauri raised some issues with them, which Isola is surprised and somewhat confused about as he says the rest of the teams had no problems.

He is planning to talk to the team to get to the bottom of the matter.

“I’ll talk with them, but honestly, as I told you, the new structure does not have differences,” he told Sky Italia.

“No team sensed differences of driving or balance. So we have to investigate a bit better with them why they have this sensation.

“Silverstone confirmed what we saw in Austria. No kind of difference sensed by the drivers, a more solid structure. At Silverstone it worked very well, we are happy.”

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The biggest talking point from the weekend at Silverstone was undoubtedly the incident between title rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton on the first lap which saw the Dutchman crash out heavily.

The clash continued long after the race too, with Verstappen calling the Briton disrespectful for his victory celebrations and Red Bull trying and failing to have the Mercedes man’s 10-second penalty increased by the stewards.

That led to the German team accusing their rivals of trying to tarnish Hamilton’s reputation, a response Red Bull team principal Christian Horner called antagonistic.

Isola is no fan of such spats away from the circuit and agrees with Mercedes boss Toto Wolff that the battles should remain solely on the track going forward.

“As a sportsman, in my opinion, Toto said something right,” he added.

“That is these fights are nice but they have to stay on the sporting level, they don’t have to degenerate into something else.

“I think it’s a very right comment.”

Additional reporting by Luca Brambilla