Max Verstappen Pinpoints Reason Behind Lack of Overtakes in F1

Published 03/22/2021, 7:40 AM EDT
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – Race winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme during the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

The 2016 cars were a lot different and were less controllable. Since 2017 the car has become wider and faster, Max Verstappen gives his thoughts on how difficult it was to find the right balance when he was behind the wheel.


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The downforce of the car has also been affected because of this change, Verstappen says it was extremely difficult to connect with the car due to the fact it had no balance at all.

The Dutchman will behind the wheel of the RB16B for the upcoming championship. He will hope he can make the most out of the Honda-powered car and aims to take it to wins and podiums.


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BUDAPEST, HUNGARY: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing looks on during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Max Verstappen explains how the 2016 cars were different

In an interview with De Telegraaf, he said, “The cars are just too wide now. “As a result, you cannot drive many other lines, if you are behind someone else.”

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB13 TAG Heuer on track during the Malaysia Formula One Grand Prix at Sepang Circuit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Verstappen added, “You cannot connect at all and you have no balance in the car. I recently came across a video from 2016 on YouTube. Then I amazed myself how much there was racing in that year. I couldn’t remember that at all. Then the cars were also a lot narrower.” (translated via Google)

“Making the cars wider has not been good for the racing aspect. For the pure driving feeling, we now have a lot more grip. What is more important? Haha, for me as a driver what it feels like, but for the fans of course the racing aspect”

The Dutchman on the 2021 season will play out

The 23-year-old finished 3rd in the driver’s championship, while his team, Red Bull, came 2nd in the constructor’s. However, even though optimistic for the upcoming championship, he plays out three situations.

In an interview with Ziggo Sport as quoted by PlanetF1, he said, “There are three options, either your car is heavily dominant and it is only between you and your team-mate.”

“The second option is that we are very close to Mercedes and it will be a nice battle every race. And then you have the third option, which is like last year. That you are close to it, but just not close enough and so you can sometimes compete for a race win.”


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MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – MAY 24: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing walks in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco on May 24, 2019 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.