Vettel: F1 needs more corners like Zandvoort's banking

Sebastian Vettel believes Formula 1 needs to have more corners like Zandvoort’s banked turns after getting his first taste of the track’s changes on Friday.

Vettel: F1 needs more corners like Zandvoort's banking

This weekend marks the first Dutch Grand Prix since 1985 after changes were made to the Zandvoort track to bring it up to F1 spec, capitalising on the massive levels of support for Max Verstappen.

As part of the changes, three corners - Turn 1 (Tarzanbocht), Turn 3 (Hugenholtzbocht) and Turn 14 (Arie Luyendijkbocht) - have had banking added in a bid to offer drivers different lines and increase cornering speeds.

While many of the F1 grid had previously raced at Zandvoort in Formula 3, no one had completed any running on the new layout in F1 machinery, with the exception of Verstappen, who had previously done a show run at the track.

Four-time F1 world champion Vettel said that the new track layout was exciting, and that the cambered corners were the kind of thing F1 needed to introduce at more circuits.

"We should have more of that, cambered corners [that] are positive, and not off camber," Vettel said.

"Off camber they do for water drainage, but it's very boring because you lose grip.

"[Positive cambered corners] I think look exciting and feel exciting in the car as well."

Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21

Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

F1 is set to add a banked corner to the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi ahead of this year's season finale after criticism of the track's layout and the quality of racing.

Vettel ended the day 10th in FP2 for Aston Martin, having only completed six laps in the opening practice session due to a power unit issue.

"It was a decent afternoon because we had some catching up to do and I had to get into the rhythm quick," Vettel said.

"But it helps that I've been here many years ago, and they didn't change too much of the track, which is good news.

"The bits they changed, I think they changed for the better. I think it's very exciting with the banking, so yeah, not quite clear which line to take yet, but have a little bit more time tomorrow."

Read Also:

Asked if it was hard to find any rhythm given the three red flags through Friday's running, Vettel joked that he "caused the majority of the red flags" in reference to his FP1 stoppage and the lengthy wait that followed to recover his car.

"So it wasn't that hard for me," Vettel said. "In the afternoon as well, it helped, the first one, because I wasn't out [on-track] yet.

"In the end I only had one, which wasn't too bad. We were just in the box anyway. So for us, the red flags didn't affect us, but I also caused it!"

shares
comments
Horner: ‘Great shame’ if Mercedes blocks Albon move to Williams

Previous article

Horner: ‘Great shame’ if Mercedes blocks Albon move to Williams

Next article

Why Verstappen’s practice times hide a major shot at a home win

Why Verstappen’s practice times hide a major shot at a home win
Load comments
How Mika Hakkinen thrived at Lotus Prime

How Mika Hakkinen thrived at Lotus

Mika Hakkinen became Michael Schumacher’s biggest rival in Formula 1 in the late-90s and early 2000s, having also made his F1 debut in 1991. But as MARK GALLAGHER recalls, while Schumacher wowed the world with a car that was eminently capable, Hakkinen was fighting to make his mark with a famous team in terminal decline

Formula 1
Sep 21, 2021
The forgotten F1 comeback that began Jordan’s odyssey  Prime

The forgotten F1 comeback that began Jordan’s odyssey 

Before Michael Schumacher – or anyone else – had driven the 191 (or 911 as it was initially called), Eddie Jordan turned to a fellow Irishman to test his new Formula 1 car. JOHN WATSON, a grand prix winner for Penske and McLaren, recalls his role in the birth of a legend…

Formula 1
Sep 20, 2021
The squandered potential of a 70s F1 underdog Prime

The squandered potential of a 70s F1 underdog

A podium finisher in its first outing but then never again, the BRM P201 was a classic case of an opportunity squandered by disorganisation and complacency, says Stuart Codling.

Formula 1
Sep 18, 2021
The other notable Monza escape that F1 should learn from Prime

The other notable Monza escape that F1 should learn from

OPINION: The headlines were dominated by the Italian Grand Prix clash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, who had the halo to thank for avoiding potentially serious injury. But two days earlier, Formula 1 had a lucky escape with a Monza pitlane incident that could also have had grave consequences.

Formula 1
Sep 17, 2021
How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum Prime

How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum

With two sprint races under its belt, Formula 1 must now consider its options for them going forward. While they've helped deliver exciting racing on Sundays, the sprints themselves have been somewhat lacking - creating yet another conundrum for F1 to solve...

Formula 1
Sep 16, 2021
Who should Alfa Romeo sign for 2022's F1 season? Prime

Who should Alfa Romeo sign for 2022's F1 season?

OPINION: With Valtteri Bottas already signed up for 2022, all eyes are on the race for the second seat at Alfa Romeo next year. Antonio Giovinazzi is the current incumbent, but faces a tough competition from appealing short and long-term prospects

Formula 1
Sep 15, 2021
The "forced break" that was key to Ricciardo's Monza excellence Prime

The "forced break" that was key to Ricciardo's Monza excellence

OPINION: Daniel Ricciardo has long been considered one of Formula 1's elite drivers. But his struggles at McLaren since switching from Renault for 2021 have been painful to watch at times. Yet he's recovered to banish those memories with a famous Monza win – built on a critically important foundation

Formula 1
Sep 14, 2021
Italian Grand Prix driver ratings Prime

Italian Grand Prix driver ratings

Two drivers produced faultless performances as, for the second year in a row, Monza threw up an unpredictable result that left many to rue what might have been

Formula 1
Sep 13, 2021