“It’s better to remove maybe a few of the ones we have now and then add these back in”- Max Verstappen on bringing old tracks back.
With the suspension of several Grand Prix, who were supposed to be on the 2020 calendar, but were shelved due to the Covid-19 pandemic compelled Formula 1 to introduce some vintage tracks back.
Most of the drivers in the track, who are in their early 20’s, drove on these tracks for the first time and one or two rare tracks were even new to veterans like Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.
And this brought excitement in the racing, with the paddock requesting Formula 1 to bring them back to these venues in the following years. The demanding contingent also includes Max Verstappen, who apparently suggested removal of few existing tracks to bring these restored circuits.
“We have had a few good races. Portimao was cool, I just hope we have a bit more grip if we would ever come back there,” said Max Verstappen.
“Imola was nice, I think the track was very old-school. Nurburgring I also enjoyed so there are actually a few which could replace some Grand Prix we have on the calendar.”
Verstappen said any new races should come at the expense of venues already on the calendar. “I would go for Imola,” he said. “It’s a bit more old-school, you are running with some corners all the way up to the gravel so if you would go too wide you’re off. Mugello was nice as well.
“But like I said it’s better to remove maybe a few of the ones we have now and then add these back in.” he further said.
Max Verstappen misses capitalizing on new tracks
Despite his appreciation for these tracks, he still did not have a better day against on Mercedes on these tracks, with the last race in Imola forcing him out of the race.
The Dutch driver was the only competitive straw amidst Mercedes and rest of the teams, but his unprecedented DNF made way clear for Hamilton to win the championship in Turkey.