Verstappen welcomes changes to Eau Rouge-Raidillon

SPA, BELGIUM – AUGUST 28: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 28, 2021 in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Max Verstappen welcomed the changes to Spa-Francorchamps proposed for 2022, to improve the safety of racing at Eau Rouge-Raidillon before next year’s race, following a string of major accidents across different competitions.

Six W Series drivers crashed during their qualifying session and during F1’s qualifying session, McLaren’s Lando Norris crashed heavily and was taken to hospital for a precautionary X-ray.

“I do think with the changes that are being made it will be a lot better. Racing is never going to be fully safe, everyone knows that, but of course, there are a few things around that corner which can be helped and they are doing that so I think it’s going to be a lot better,” Verstappen said.

Verstappen added that going through Eau Rouge-Raidillon is not a big issue, but the problem is when someone hits the barrier and the car bounces back on track.

“It is a very fast corner and when you go through it everything is fine. Of course, the problem is when the barrier is so close and one person hits the barrier, it’s very easily that the car bounces back onto the track and onto the racing line, and then you can collect another car.

“The changes I saw yesterday which are going to happen at the end of the year – so for us next year – I think they look very good.”

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