Verstappen: F1 cars "too fast" to allow close racing

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen says current Formula 1 cars are simply ‘too fast’ to allow close racing, amid complaints from fans regarding processional grands prix.

Verstappen: F1 cars "too fast" to allow close racing
Listen to this article

With F1 coming off the back of a boring Belgian Grand Prix that was not helped by it turning into a conversative one-stopper, a lot of the focus about the lack of excitement has been on tyres.

But Verstappen says that the impact of the huge levels of downforce being produced by the current generation of cars must not be ignored.

The cars are super-fast nowadays, and you can't follow another car because of that,” explained the Red Bull driver, who followed home the two Mercedes cars in Belgium last weekend.

I could follow Valtteri [Bottas] at let's say 1.2 or 1.3 seconds for a couple of laps. But you can't get any closer.

In slow corners, you lose so much downforce that you don't have any grip at all. So basically all of those aspects play a role. And because of all these factors you get those boring races.”

Part of F1’s effort to make the sport more exciting is a rules revamp that is coming in for 2022. It will include a shift to cars that produce less downforce and are more reliant on ground effect – which should allows drivers to follow each other better.

For next year, the aero rules are changing slightly to trim back on some downforce in a bid to ensure that tyres do not get overstressed.

They want to make some changes for next year already, losing a bit of downforce,” added Verstappen. “But the cars are just way too fast right now and actually too wide as well. That doesn't help either.”

Read Also:

Verstappen also says that he does not buy Mercedes expressing sympathy with fans who are turned off by them dominating races at the moment.

He reckons that what its drivers and team management say in public is very different from the real motivation they have every weekend.

They just try to be polite, of course, but deep down they want to crush/destroy everyone,” added Verstappen. “That is what I would like to do as well.

I would like to crush everyone and try to lap everyone during the race. But in the press you have to be politically correct sometimes and say 'it is a bit boring, isn't it?' What else should they say?”

Additional reporting by Ronald Vording

shares
comments

Related video

Binotto 'questioned' his role amid Ferrari struggles
Previous article

Binotto 'questioned' his role amid Ferrari struggles

Next article

Italian GP: Bottas quickest in FP3; Ricciardo hits trouble

Italian GP: Bottas quickest in FP3; Ricciardo hits trouble
The relaxed home life that helps F1’s Kevin Magnussen to deliver Prime

The relaxed home life that helps F1’s Kevin Magnussen to deliver

The unrelenting grasp of the tax man prompts most racing drivers to move to the likes of Monaco, Switzerland or Dubai. But, as Oleg Karpov found out, Kevin Magnussen is quite happy where he is, thank you very much – at home, with his family, in Denmark

How Perez has shown what many F1 drivers need from the 2022 season run-in Prime

How Perez has shown what many F1 drivers need from the 2022 season run-in

OPINION: Sergio Perez’s Singapore triumph arrested a big decline in his Formula 1 performances against Max Verstappen at Red Bull since his Monaco win. He now needs to maintain his form to the season’s end, while others are also seeking a change in fortunes.

How the FIA should punish any breaches of the F1 cost cap Prime

How the FIA should punish any breaches of the F1 cost cap

OPINION: On Wednesday, the FIA will issue F1 teams with compliance certificates if they stuck to the 2021 budget cap. But amid rumours of overspending, the governing body must set a critical precedent. It needs to carefully pick between revisiting the bitterness of Abu Dhabi, a contradictory punishment and ensuring parity for the rest of the ground-effect era

Formula 1
Oct 4, 2022
Singapore Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022 Prime

Singapore Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022

A testing return to the Singapore Grand Prix in tricky conditions created plenty of hazards and mistakes for the Formula 1 drivers to fall into. That partly explains a number of low scores, including from a handful of high profile runners, allowing others to take a starring role under the floodlights

Formula 1
Oct 3, 2022
The two key contributors to Leclerc's defeat to Perez in Singapore Prime

The two key contributors to Leclerc's defeat to Perez in Singapore

In a marathon Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, Sergio Perez’s victory was only assured hours after the race due to a stewards investigation. Throughout the contest the Red Bull driver impressively held off Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in changing conditions to see the Mexican pull out enough of an advantage to negate his post-race penalty

Formula 1
Oct 3, 2022
Why is Oscar Piastri F1's most sought-after rookie? Prime

Why is Oscar Piastri F1's most sought-after rookie?

The Australian rising star is fast, consistent, confident, adaptable and has shown excellent racecraft, but there’s already a taint to his reputation. That hasn’t stopped him becoming the hottest property in this year’s F1 driver market and why McLaren moved fast to snap up the 21-year-old

Formula 1
Sep 30, 2022
The unintended benefit that F1's new engine rules era will deliver Prime

The unintended benefit that F1's new engine rules era will deliver

Formula 1's incoming engine rules shake-up has multiple targets. But it may also solve what has been a bone of contention since the hybrids arrived in 2014. The new plan will allow the series to pump up the volume

Formula 1
Sep 29, 2022
How de Vries made himself impossible to ignore for a belated F1 chance Prime

How de Vries made himself impossible to ignore for a belated F1 chance

Nyck de Vries appeared to have missed his opportunity to break into Formula 1 as he was passed over for more exciting talents who have now become frontrunners and title fighters. But after catching the eye outside of the F1 sphere, before his stunning impromptu grand prix debut in Italy, will it lead to a delayed full-time race seat?

Formula 1
Sep 29, 2022