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How Giovinazzi’s Spanish GP was ruined by unusual F1 tyre deflation

The Alfa Romeo driver was called in for a stop on Lap 8 of 66 but suffered a significant delay in the pits after one of his mechanics discovered that a medium tyre about to be fitted to the car was already deflated. Despite Giovinazzi’s crew’s best efforts, getting another set of tyres ready cost him a huge chunk of time and he subsequently dropped from 15th to 19th when he finally re-emerged. Explaining the rare issue that Sky Sports F1 co-commentator Martin Brundle said he had “never seen before”, Alfa Romeo’s head of trackside engineering, Xevi Pujolar, revealed that a damaged valve led to the tyre losing pressure in the garage. “It was an operational problem when just...
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