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Giovinazzi costly pit stop caused by damaged tyre valve

Alfa Romeo revealed that Antonio Giovinazzi's costly early pit stop in Sunday's Spanish GP was caused by a damaged valve that deflated the tyre before it was set to be fit. Giovinazzi, running in 15th position in the opening laps of the race, was the first driver to enter the pits when the safety car was deployed on lap 8 following the stoppage at Turn 10 of Yuki Tsunoda's AlphaTauri. The tyre-change appeared to be going to plan when the mechanic assigned to the Alfa's front-left wheel frantically pointed to the new tyre being deflated, which forced Giovinazzi's crew to retrieve and fit a complete alternative set of medium tyres. Overall, the eventful pit stop cost the Italian 32 seconds,...
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