“We followed all the prescriptions”– Aston Martin is disappointed with the remarks they made on Aston Martin and Red Bull.
Aston Martin is disappointed with Pirelli’s recent remarks on the alleged reasons behind why the tyres of Lance Stroll and Max Verstappen burst in Baku.
The investigation by the tyre company revealed that both teams ran their car under low pressure. But this comment outraged Aston Martin, as they claim they followed the protocol.
“We followed all the prescriptions to the letter, and we were never, ever under the minimum pressure,” he said. “We had stabilised pressures, and they were higher; that’s normal, that’s usually what happens. And the pressures on the grid that were checked were above the minimum.
“I don’t know what their expectations were but I would imagine their expectations are the pressure goes up, it’s exactly what happened with us.”
Asked by RaceFans whether Aston Martin’s tyres were above the minimum pressure levels at all times, Szafnauer said: “We were there at all times, but during Safety Car periods I think everybody goes below.”
We will fit the bill.
Szafnauer is confident his team will pass new tests on their compliance with tyre usage restrictions that have been introduced for this weekend’s race.
“If the prescription or the regulation is that you have to go above a certain running pressure and stay there and have it at the end, that’s exactly what we’ll do,” he said. “So we will follow that.”
Among the restrictions in place are the minimum starting rear tyre pressures, which have been increased by 2psi compared to its original level.
“It looks like the pressures are being increased, they were increased last weekend too,” said Szafnauer. “We started off on Friday with a different threshold and then it went up. When it went up, we followed it. And if it goes up again, we will follow it.”