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With Singapore off the calendar, that's the two street races for the season over. Mercedes have pretty much admitted that they knew these would be their worst two races. So I'd expect them to bounce back in France. On the other side, Vettel has 40 points from 4 races before these street races, so we might see him stuck in mid pack again.
Very interesting that of the two teams most vocal about the 2021 regs with their low rake (Mercedes and AM), their performance has gone in completely different directions on the low corner speed tracks!
 
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Pirelli completed their investigation into the tyre failures at Baku:

"In a statement issued today Formula 1’s official tyre supplier said: “There was no production or quality defect on any of the tyres; nor was there any sign of fatigue or delamination. The causes of the two left-rear tyre failures on the Aston Martin and Red Bull cars have been clearly identified. In each case, this was down to a circumferential break on the inner sidewall, which can be related to the running conditions of the tyre, in spite of the prescribed starting parameters (minimum pressure and maximum blanket temperature) having been followed."

However, this new rule has come in from this weekend:

"Teams have been told that, as tyre pressures cannot currently be measured reliably during races, it is their responsibility to ensure they remain within the limits set by Pirelli at all times – including during races – and failure to do so will lead to them being reported to the stewards."

So correct me if I am wrong, but it seems Aston Martin and Red Bull (and maybe others that just didn't have failures) have knowingly found a way to have the tyre temps/pressure running outside the limits in the race, but they are within the limits when tested in pit lane?
 
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Pirelli completed their investigation into the tyre failures at Baku:

"In a statement issued today Formula 1’s official tyre supplier said: “There was no production or quality defect on any of the tyres; nor was there any sign of fatigue or delamination. The causes of the two left-rear tyre failures on the Aston Martin and Red Bull cars have been clearly identified. In each case, this was down to a circumferential break on the inner sidewall, which can be related to the running conditions of the tyre, in spite of the prescribed starting parameters (minimum pressure and maximum blanket temperature) having been followed."

However, this new rule has come in from this weekend:

"Teams have been told that, as tyre pressures cannot currently be measured reliably during races, it is their responsibility to ensure they remain within the limits set by Pirelli at all times – including during races – and failure to do so will lead to them being reported to the stewards."

So correct me if I am wrong, but it seems Aston Martin and Red Bull (and maybe others that just didn't have failures) have knowingly found a way to have the tyre temps/pressure running outside the limits in the race, but they are within the limits when tested in pit lane?
Sounds like there is more to this story.
A very overarching statement that is worded to not accuse teams of any impropriety.
 
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"Teams have been told that, as tyre pressures cannot currently be measured reliably during races, it is their responsibility to ensure they remain within the limits set by Pirelli at all times – including during races – and failure to do so will lead to them being reported to the stewards."
So... they're going to penalise teams for running below the minimum pressures... that they can't monitor...

Can't imagine it's been common practice to change the tyre settings mid race weekend either. Was very bizarre all round, although to their credit they didn't just roll out the debris excuse.
 
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Pirelli completed their investigation into the tyre failures at Baku:

"In a statement issued today Formula 1’s official tyre supplier said: “There was no production or quality defect on any of the tyres; nor was there any sign of fatigue or delamination. The causes of the two left-rear tyre failures on the Aston Martin and Red Bull cars have been clearly identified. In each case, this was down to a circumferential break on the inner sidewall, which can be related to the running conditions of the tyre, in spite of the prescribed starting parameters (minimum pressure and maximum blanket temperature) having been followed."

However, this new rule has come in from this weekend:

"Teams have been told that, as tyre pressures cannot currently be measured reliably during races, it is their responsibility to ensure they remain within the limits set by Pirelli at all times – including during races – and failure to do so will lead to them being reported to the stewards."

So correct me if I am wrong, but it seems Aston Martin and Red Bull (and maybe others that just didn't have failures) have knowingly found a way to have the tyre temps/pressure running outside the limits in the race, but they are within the limits when tested in pit lane?
Sounds like Red Bull / Aston Martin might have been using a work-around which could be the removal of moisture from the inflation gas, or another work-around could be the way the tyres are heated before the pre-race tyre pressure test.

Another issue is the sensors for monioring are supplied and developed by the individual teams not the FIA. So short, each team checks itself.

But it was predictable that Pirelli was going to come back and blame something other than their tyres.
 
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Driver market outside of Mercedes is starting to sort itself out. Ocon will be at Alpine for a few more years. Sounds like Red Bull and Perez are already in contract extension talks. Stroll is out of contract at the end of this season but...
 
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Driver market outside of Mercedes is starting to sort itself out. Ocon will be at Alpine for a few more years. Sounds like Red Bull and Perez are already in contract extension talks. Stroll is out of contract at the end of this season but...
While Stroll is better than he gets credit for, he is yet to outpoint a teammate in his time in F1 and you have to wonder how much longer he will get a free ride before Dad needs to make a decision with his head.

Also, still unsure how I feel about the Ocon extension. Has done well this season but a 3 year contract feels like a mega win for him. Big impact on the alpine rookies too, hopefully Piastri can put himself in the frame for Alonso's seat.
 
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While Stroll is better than he gets credit for, he is yet to outpoint a teammate in his time in F1 and you have to wonder how much longer he will get a free ride before Dad needs to make a decision with his head.

Also, still unsure how I feel about the Ocon extension. Has done well this season but a 3 year contract feels like a mega win for him. Big impact on the alpine rookies too, hopefully Piastri can put himself in the frame for Alonso's seat.
Agree with your comments on Stroll but I suspect he will get at least one more 2 year deal from his dad.

Some recent articles suggest Gasly would be a good fit at Alpine. Doesn't seem like he will get to move back up to the Red Bull team soon. I'm not sure Alpine have gained much taking Alonso back for two seasons.
 
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