Verstappen: Kerbs “Not Designed” For F1

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Red Bull Racing‘s Max Verstappen has criticised the kerbs at the Red Bull Ring stating they’re not designed for Formula 1 Cars.

The Dutchman has complained about the “yellow baguette” kerbs after number of drivers have suffered damage during Friday Practice for the Austrian Grand Prix.

The kerbs caused trouble last year when drivers damage their cars when running wide. Daniil Kvyat suffered an accident that launched him into the air when running the kerbs and suffering rear suspension failure during qualifying. To ensure that doesn’t happen again, the FIA introduced extra spacing between the kerbs by moving them 3.2 metres apart.

Despite these adjustments, the drivers are still suffering damage from the kerbs, with Haas F1 Team‘s Romain Grosjean suffering a puncture & Red Bull were forced to change Max Verstappen’s floor in both sessions.

He told ESPN the challenges he faced today saying: “The yellow kerbs again, luckily not too much damage. I think it’s a lot of kerb for a Formula One car. The cars are not designed for it.”

“At the beginning of the second practice, one connector was not connected to the brakes, so we had to take the floor off again, and from then on it was actually not too bad. At the end of the day, I did more or less the programme I wanted to do.”

Williams Martini Racing‘s Felipe Massa suffered damage after running wide at the final corner. The Brazilian agrees with Verstappen about the kerbs and raises concerns about cars returning to the track.

“I damaged my car today, so the kerb is definitely not there to damage the car,” 

It’s there for different reasons and definitely I didn’t damage my car because I was trying to use too much, I damaged because I just went off and coming back on I just took these wide kerbs and they damaged the car.”