Verstappen unimpressed with Portimao floor
Max Verstappen says the monitor floor at Portimao makes the monitor “probably not satisfying to drive,” however Crimson Bull thinks it’s within the combine for pole place on the Portuguese Grand Prix.
A function of final 12 months’s race at Portimao was a low-grip monitor floor that led to a chaotic opening few laps after gentle rain, with Carlos Sainz taking the lead and Kimi Raikkonen climbing 10 positions in 15 corners. After ending each Friday observe periods in second place, Verstappen mentioned it’s a comparable challenge this 12 months.
“It was all proper, simply very tough on the market with the tarmac once more,” Verstappen mentioned. “It’s tremendous slippery. I do know it’s the identical for everybody nevertheless it’s probably not satisfying to drive.
“Very comparable (to final 12 months), and naturally the tires have modified and we’ve misplaced a little bit of grip from the automobile in comparison with final 12 months, nevertheless it’s very tough on the market. It’s a disgrace, as a result of it’s all about tire prep, tire temperature, and it shouldn’t be like that. However it’s the identical for everybody.”
Whereas Verstappen feels Crimson Bull is near Mercedes however has work to do, Sergio Perez is extra assured regardless of admitting the shortage of grip made new components exhausting to guage.
“It’s mainly similar to the place we had been final 12 months tarmac-wise,” Perez mentioned. “Getting the tires to work in these situations will not be straightforward, so I believe the primary focus will likely be to know what’s happening with the tires. The tempo with the mediums was good, however once we went on to the softs we didn’t discover any lap time, (so) we now have to research what went unsuitable on that set and hopefully type it out for qualifying.
“It’s very troublesome on monitor, very exhausting to really feel something round right here. All the pieces simply feels a bit worse, a bit much less grip total, so very exhausting to check (upgrades).
“I believe we now have fairly good tempo so positively we needs to be within the combine tomorrow to struggle for pole.”
Lewis Hamilton agrees with the Crimson Bull driver’s evaluation, anticipating a detailed battle after additionally discovering life troublesome as a result of lack of grip.
“I believe everybody seemed like they had been scuffling with their steadiness on the market at present, so it’s troublesome to say whether or not or not it’s the automobile or it’s the wind or the monitor, nevertheless it’s positively been an actual problem at present to maintain the automobile on monitor,” Hamilton mentioned.
“We got here right here final 12 months and the tire was too exhausting, and are available right here once more and the identical tire (compound decisions), so it’s just about… they’re tougher this 12 months, so it seems like we’ve include the too-hard compound, for my part. It ought to have been mid-range. However everybody’s on the identical ones, so we’ll get by way of it in some way.
“I believe it’s going to be shut run — it appears to be like like we’re shut. I don’t understand how Max’s lap was, however mine wasn’t excellent. We’ve positively acquired a while to come back from the automobile and a few enhancements to make, however I’m positive they’ve too. However it’s shut, because it has been the final couple of races, so it’s thrilling.”