I believe this is the first time that Mercedes has scored zero points with both cars finishing the race. Wild times. 2021 is really shaping up to be a classic season.Good to see Bottas still sucks.
Head Canon: Hamilton is such a fierce competitor and honorable gentleman, he bottled turn 1 on purpose to keep the championship contest the same after Max suffered his force majeure
I'm hoping the Pirelli investigation comes up with something interested as to why both Lance and Max had rear-left failures, but my bet is that it's "debris on the track, nothing to see here..."
Pirelli came out immediately after the race saying they didn't want to speculate until they could investigate things further but then speculated by saying the issue was likely due to debris. They used a cut found on Hamilton's left rear tire as evidence of debris.
Interesting theory. They did pull in the left turn entry to the castle section by about five feet for this race, and left rears certainly would graze that curb if apexed early.I doubt it was debris. I speculate it was running over curbs. Since it didn’t happen to everyone and it was an odd situation. Maybe Verstsppens and Strolls line took them over a curb differently than everyone else damaging their tires similarly
I am really curious about what the deal was with the Pirellis. I don't think it was a fluke that Verstappen and Stroll had the same tires fail, but it's noteworthy that it was in the same spot. I agree with 3rdOne that debris would be more of an issue with other drivers as well. If it was a quality control thing on Pirelli's end there would be more failures, not just in this race but in earlier weeks too.