“Why not drop that second practice, it doesn’t really matter”– Max Verstappen asks for trimming the Grand Prix schedule even more.
Formula 1 has removed Free Practice 3 from the British Grand Prix to introduce a half-hour long sprint racing session, but Max Verstappen is not happy with a few details.
According to him, F1 should also remove FP2 from its place, as it would help teams to be more prepared for the sprint races, and the former session is not even required.
“It’s a bit strange that after Friday qualifying you can’t change anything on the car. Then on Saturday, you go into FP2 and the sprint race. Why not drop that second practice, it doesn’t really matter anyway,” said Verstappen.
Verstappen would be starting from P2 in the sprint race after being outpaced by Lewis Hamilton’s blistering pace in Silverstone.
Max Verstappen is confused about qualifying.
Verstappen was not at his best in the qualifying, despite dominating the two practice sessions on both days, and the Dutchman is contemplating what was wrong with his car during that session.
“I don’t know what was wrong during qualifying. I didn’t expect there to be so much grip so I think we might’ve put on too much rear wing. If you look at the theoretical sector times, than Lewis would be two and a half tenths ahead, but he lost time in the final corners,” said Verstappen.
“We were a bit more off the pace than those seven hundredths of a second. I had a lot of understeer in the corners where you make up the most time; in turns three, four, six and seven, the car just would not turn in.”
“It’s only the rear tyres that have changed so I don’t know why we have so much understeer. Normally we would’ve added more front wing, but it didn’t change anything. In the race we’ll obviously drive slower, so I don’t expect any problems. But we’ll investigate what’s behind it.”