Verstappen: Red Bull “not fantastic” over Canada F1 bumps

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Verstappen Criticizes Red Bull’s Performance on Canada’s Bumpy Circuit

During Friday’s second practice session at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing finished 0.424s behind Lewis Hamilton, the leader for Mercedes. The session was extended to 90 minutes due to technical issues in FP1.

Verstappen expressed his dissatisfaction with Red Bull’s performance, particularly over the circuit’s numerous bumps and high kerbs, which disrupted the balance of his RB19 car.

“We still have some work to do,” Verstappen admitted. “Currently, the car is not performing at its best over the bumps and kerbs. It’s not terrible, but we certainly need to make a few adjustments.”

When asked if this meant that Red Bull’s competitors were closing the gap on the team’s performance on Canada’s unique layout, Verstappen responded, “Let’s wait and see. It wasn’t a good day for us, maybe it was a good day for them.”

“We are aware of the limitations with our car and how it handles the track, especially with the kerbs and bumps. It doesn’t suit our package at the moment, but we’ll strive to make some improvements.”

Verstappen acknowledged that the lack of running in FP1 made things more challenging, but he emphasized that every team faced the same situation. Despite the difficulties, he was grateful for the running they had in FP2, even though it proved to be a more complicated session.

Verstappen’s teammate, Sergio Perez, who finished eighth-fastest, expressed disappointment over the missed opportunity in FP1. However, he remained hopeful, stating, “We have a good foundation, but we need to fine-tune the car. We were a bit rushed, and there’s a lot to analyze tonight. Our rivals seem to be performing well, so we need to improve our performance too.”

In FP2, Hamilton led a Mercedes 1-2 with George Russell, just before rain affected the session. Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc outpaced Verstappen, with Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso splitting the Ferrari duo.

While Verstappen and Perez lagged behind their rivals in all sectors of the track during FP2, the Friday laptimes may not provide an accurate representation of the teams’ true performance.

Sainz demonstrated speed on the straights, Alonso excelled in the low-speed corners, and Hamilton set the overall pace.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Red Bull’s performance

Q: What were Max Verstappen’s comments about Red Bull’s performance in Canada?

A: Max Verstappen expressed dissatisfaction with Red Bull’s performance on the bumpy Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Canada. He mentioned struggles with the car’s balance over the bumps and kerbs, acknowledging the need for improvements. Verstappen also commented on their rivals’ performance and the challenges faced during the practice sessions.

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speeddemon June 17, 2023 - 11:21 am

Bumpy tracks are always a challenge, but Red Bull needs to up their game! Max and the team gotta find the right balance and make those improvements. It’s gonna be an intense race in Canada!

f1lover June 17, 2023 - 3:24 pm

Max is right, Red Bull needs to step up their game on this bumpy circuit in Canada. The car’s not performin’ as it should. Let’s hope they can make it better and give Mercedes a tough fight!

racingfan91 June 17, 2023 - 11:18 pm

verStappen know what he talking abt, red bull need to work on their performance in Canada! Bumps and kerbs causin trubl, car not balanced. Hope they find improvments! Go Verstappen!


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