“That was good and that’s how the racing should be”- Jos Verstappen criticizes the current methods of working in Formula 1.
Jos Verstappen while citing the comparison of his time in Formula 1 to the present day, he seems disappointed with the way the sports is working, as he feels that drivers are forced to focus on other unimportant things instead of just racing.
“It doesn’t matter if you go 300 or 360. If you don’t have the sound of the engine…”, says Verstappen in an interview with CarNext. Jos joins his son in this: “It’s also the emotion it brings”.
“We had to push all the time. That was good and that’s how the racing should be. You have to push and go to the limit. Now is all the things about tyre management and fuel-saving, we didn’t do any of that”, says the 48-year-old Dutchman.
Max Verstappen agrees with his father
Jos Verstappen is not alone in his criticism of F1 focusing too much on tyre management and other aspects which forces drivers to compromise on the pace.
His son Max Verstappen, who is currently racing for Red Bull agrees to an extent and has cited events from this season, where the tyre management was overpowering the essentials of racing.
“Yeah, I mean in the race you want to do a one-stop. Because the problem is that you can’t really pass with this kind of cars on most of the tracks.”
“What you do is just to back out of it, the guy behind you will get stuck and you just make sure that you have the tyre life to go to the end after your stop.”
“At some tracks, we have to lift for fuel because the fuel tank is not big enough to go flat out all the time”, Verstappen explains. “I would, of course, prefer to go flat out, as we had in Germany.
“There was like twelve low fuels. We had new tyres, then you are pushing and you see also the lap times were coming down and we were only two and a half seconds from what we did in qualifying.”