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Red bull baffled by tyre issues in Baku at European GP

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Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo admitted that his team was baffled by the tyre issues and that his team has been left puzzled by its “unexpected” lack of race pace during a difficult European Grand Prix in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Ricciardo has managed to qualify in second place for the first Formula 1 race in Baku City Circuit in Azerbaijan but struggled in the opening two stints. Reports said that Ricciardo has found more speed in the final stages of the Baku race, but the Australian driver had already lost too much ground and could only recover to seventh place. Ricciardo said Red Bull needs to dig deep and investigate the lack of pace.

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The Australian F1 driver has started from second on the grid but quickly dropped down the order as he baffled by the tyre problems.

Both Red Bull drivers pitted very early to switch to supersofts, but the problem continued and they ended up switching to medium tyres of which the team is still not ready to run.

In the end, Ricciardo went on to finish the distant seventh place, just ahead of Max Verstappen.

Later after the race, Ricciardo conceded Red Bull was at a loss to explain its problems.

“We went back quite quickly. We just had rear tyre issues, couldn’t keep the grip in them, couldn’t keep the temperature out of them,” Ricciardo said in a statement, via the Motorsport.com.

“It felt like they were getting really hot, wheel-spinning in fourth gear.”

“It’s a bit unexpected, we race at some hot circuits across the calendar. Singapore, for example, is always one of our stronger ones. So we didn’t expect to suffer from that today, but that was our biggest limitation.”

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“We need to understand why. I think then, the two-stop wasn’t the plan but we were forced to do it. There was nothing in strategy, we couldn’t have done anything better with what we had. That was just the pace today.”

Red Bull Team principal Christian Horner has agreed that the team needed to find answers to the tyre issues, especially as it had struggled with the tyres before because the track was too cold.

Picture Courtesy: Henry Mineur/Wikimedia Commons

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