Red Bull Ring kerbs wrong for Formula 1, says Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen believes the "baguette" kerbs at the Red Bull Ring are not right for Formula 1, after several drivers encountered problems in Austrian Grand Prix practice

Red Bull Ring kerbs wrong for Formula 1, says Max Verstappen

The FIA has installed the kerbs on the exit of Turns 6 and 7, the two left-handers in the middle of the lap, plus the apex of Turn 8 and Turns 9 and 10, the final two corners.

Although baguette kerbs were already in place last season at the last two turns, the spacing between them has been increased to 3.2 metres for this year after a number of cars suffered damage hitting them in 2016.

But Felipe Massa and Romain Grosjean both lost bodywork in Friday practice after running wide at Turn 9, while Carlos Sainz Jr's afternoon ended prematurely because of the damage his Toro Rosso sustained after his own off.

"This is not the highest grip track and with the higher speeds this year, if you have a moment, it is difficult to correct without hitting a kerb or going through the gravel, which a lot of people have experienced today," said Verstappen.

"The yellow kerbs were definitely a challenge and I think maybe they are not the type of kerbs for Formula 1, the cars just aren't designed for it."

Massa said a solution would be "a bit tricky" but was annoyed to suffer damage to his upgraded Williams just by trying to return to the track.

"I damaged my car today, and the kerb is definitely not there to damage the car, it's there for different reasons," he said.

"I didn't damage my car because I was trying to use too much [kerb], I damaged it because I just went off [and was] coming back.

"It was not great."

Grosjean suffered damage to his Haas's floor and does not expect the kerbs to be changed this weekend.

He described the design as "pretty aggressive".

"I got a big hit," Grosjean said. "We are going to reinforce everything we can to make sure it stays in one piece."

Sainz's Toro Rosso team-mate Daniil Kvyat claimed the changes had made the kerbs "better" than last year even though he admitted the kerbs are "a bit odd compared to other circuits".

Kvyat's view was shared by Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, who said: "It's not as bad as it was last year.

"Last year the kerbs were pretty bad - people's suspension was breaking."

shares
comments
Lewis Hamilton set for Austrian Grand Prix grid penalty

Previous article

Lewis Hamilton set for Austrian Grand Prix grid penalty

Next article

FIA alters Red Bull Ring kerbs at final corners after F1 practice

FIA alters Red Bull Ring kerbs at final corners after F1 practice
Load comments
How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum Plus

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...

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

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 Plus

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
How Verstappen is ruining his F1 title battle with Hamilton Plus

How Verstappen is ruining his F1 title battle with Hamilton

OPINION: The Italian GP clash between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen followed a running theme in the 2021 Formula 1 title fight. Their close-quarters battles have often resulted in contact - and although Hamilton has shown a willingness to back off, Verstappen must learn to temper his aggression

Formula 1
Sep 14, 2021
Italian Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Italian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

Two drivers produced maximum-score performances as, for the second year in a row, Monza threw up an unpredictable result that left several others ruing what might have been

Formula 1
Sep 13, 2021
Why Ricciardo was set for Monza F1 triumph even without Verstappen/Hamilton crash Plus

Why Ricciardo was set for Monza F1 triumph even without Verstappen/Hamilton crash

The clash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton was the major flashpoint the 2021 Italian Grand Prix will be remembered for. Yet by this point, race leader Daniel Ricciardo had already done the hard work that would put him in position to end his and McLaren's lengthy win droughts, on a memorable afternoon in Monza

Formula 1
Sep 13, 2021
Why Italian GP success is on for McLaren even if Verstappen dominates Plus

Why Italian GP success is on for McLaren even if Verstappen dominates

For the second time in 2021, McLaren will line up for the start of a grand prix from the first row. It knows it has the chance of “glory” if things go well for Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris at the start of the 2021 Italian Grand Prix, but even if they just maintain their grid positions, signs from the rest of the Monza weekend suggest success is very possible for Formula 1’s other orange army

Formula 1
Sep 12, 2021
The F1 media favourite who lifted a broken Lotus Plus

The F1 media favourite who lifted a broken Lotus

Graham Hill was nearly 30 when he made his Formula 1 debut. NIGEL ROEBUCK examines the life of a gifted racer whose talismanic personality defined an era

Formula 1
Sep 11, 2021