“It’s still like driving on ice”- Max Verstappen on the poor conditions of the track in Istanbul, as the new asphalt is not allowing drivers to have grip.
The first day of the Turkish Grand Prix rather went poor for most of the grid, as many complained about the deplorable conditions which didn’t allow them to hold a grip on the track.
This list of people also includes Max Verstappen, who at the end of the day talked about the difficulty he faced in driving his car to its maximum potential.
“Overall it was a pretty positive day for us. The car worked pretty well, so I’m happy with that,” Verstappen told Formula1.com. It couldn’t have been any worse at the beginning, but we are far from there yet.”
“It’s still like driving on ice. Ultimately, it’s the same for everyone, so we just have to adapt. I hope it won’t rain because then it really becomes like driving on ice. I hope it gets better tomorrow. Mercedes will have their act together again.”
A viable solution shall be found through dialogue
Max Verstappen further urged that a quick solution should be found by the authorities about the general lack of grip. Though, it is uncertain whether something could be found out before the race.
“Yeah, let’s not do that again. You can use softer tyres, but they will wear out much too quickly, so that is not a solution,” he concluded. With the end of the two practice sessions, the contingent now seeks a good qualifying session.
The soft tyres are an essential commodity in the process but as mentioned by Verstappen that under such track condition, there is a risk of them wearing out.
So the teams have to plan an efficient strategy to avoid this situation. Moreover, the possibility of rain may also add up to this complicated situation.