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Verstappen does not see quick solution to car weight issue

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 31: Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing and The Netherlands during the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 31, 2022 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool.

Max Verstappen doubts that there is a quick solution that will allow to reduce the weight of the new generation of F1 cars.

New safety structures increased the weight of the new Formula 1 cars. It turned out to be a challenge for teams and drivers as the weight affected the behavior of vehicles. One of the measures against increased weight is the removal of car paint.

Verstappen does not think that there is a quick solution that will fix the issue.

“I think following has been quite a bit better, so that’s positive. But of course, the weight of the cars, they’re extremely heavy, which I think is not great, which I don’t really see a quick solution for,” he said.

“But overall, the following and stuff has been a bit better. It’s difficult to expect how much better it would be but for me at least you have a better chance of racing.

“But then again, on some tracks, it’s still very hard to follow but that’s also in combination with tires overheating and stuff, so there are a few things to look at.”

Lance Stroll supports Verstappen’s opinion and wants to see the improvement of the situation in the near future.

“I think the weight of the cars has just become too heavy and I would like to see that be improved going forward in the coming years.

“There are many things for sure that we can change and do better but off the top of my head that’s something that I think would be nice to improve; to make the cars a little bit more enjoyable and nimble to drive.”

George Russell thinks that it will be difficult to make the cars significantly lighter because of the safety structures added.

“As Lance and Max said, lighter cars would be great but you can’t have everything in the world.

“The reason we’re heavier is because of safety, so yeah, I don’t know. I really can’t pick one because there’s too many compromises.”


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