Red Bull driver Max Verstappen has had his first few spins around the track in the 2017 setup, and so far, it seems to be more of the same.
Well if anyone is going to lament Hamilton’s statements that the 2017 iteration of the Formula One cars are going to make overtaking more difficult it’s Max Verstappen. The Dutchman has made a name out for himself on the track with his highly proficient, highly aggressive overtaking prowess.
The Flying Dutchman spoke of his impressions of the car during the test at Barcelona:
“I’ve been quite close to some cars today. It’s alright. I think it’s the same as last year. It’s felt really similar, you know. You have more downforce, you are going a bit faster through corners, so that cancels out a bit. I think it should be pretty similar, but we just have to wait and see, hopefully we won’t need to overtake.” – Max Verstappen
Verstappen also spoke of how the team is doing, seeming fairly content with the team’s performance given that he didn’t encounter any issues like teammate Daniel Ricciardo’s dual mid-track stoppages:
“In general, on the first day these things can always happen and it was basically, for us, a shakedown. Because we hadn’t run the car before. Today was very positive, we almost did everything we wanted.
The reliability today was pretty good. We didn’t have any issues. I think it is important to get the mileage first because it is a new engine again – but it’s too early to say where we are with the engine. But, for sure, they made a step and that’s always positive.” – Max Verstappen
Verstappen’s desire to not overtake is a desire to start each race on pole and coast to victory, but if he thinks that Liberty Media is about to let F1 be decided during qualifying, he’s in for a surprise.