Max Verstappen Explains Why He ‘Can’t be Ars*d’ to Follow This Red Bull F1 Practice

Published 06/03/2021, 9:08 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 6, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix REUTERS/Albert Gea


Track walks have been one of the most standardized procedures for an F1 team after arriving at the circuit ahead of a race weekend. However, F1 drivers are starting to come up with opinions on why they don’t take part in track walks, with Max Verstappen being the latest to join the club.

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The Dutchman revealed that he used to join his team for track walks quite regularly during his early days in F1. However, he soon realized that he is finding no progress on the track through this approach.

What did Max Verstappen say?

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As reported by RaceFans, Verstappen revealed his counter-approach to a race weekend without the concept of track walk.

Furthermore, the Red Bull driver opened up that he had already received tips from fellow F1 colleague, Esteban Ocon, with whom he shares a rather awful memory in Brazil.

I can’t be a*sed to walk. I’ll have a few more minutes in bed and if I want to know the track, I’ll drive my out-lap a bit slower. Look around, you know,” he said.

Esteban just told me a few things about the track. So, I’ll just brake a few metres earlier on the first lap. Everyone, of course, has a different approach.”

So, who else hates track walks? Well, weeks back, Verstappen’s title rival, Lewis Hamilton, claimed that he never understood the point of track walks, as he reckoned he would rather stay in his hotel, saving the energy for the rest of the weekend.

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The Dutchman opined that he entirely relies on the initial few laps over FP1 to understand the nature of the track. “At one point, I was like, I just can’t be a*sed to walk anymore to see it,” he said. “I know the track is going left or right.

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Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 8, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after qualifying in second position Pool via REUTERS/Emilio Morenatti

And anyway, I think you have your margins in FP1 or whatever, so you try out the laps you do and you will see where you have to go.

Verstappen is yet to secure a podium finish at Baku, as his best-ever finish remains P4, which was back in 2019. Hence, considering the Red Bull driver’s blazing form over this season, can he convert his first podium to a race win at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix?

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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