Verstappen described the new kerbs as “unbelievable” on the radio to his team. “The yellow kerbs in the fast corners are really dangerous,” he added. The Red Bull driver broke a front wing on one at the exit of turn eight and damaged his suspension on another at turn five.
Speaking to Sky after the second practice session Verstappen said the kerbs should be changed again.
“The problem is, I understand that we have to respect the track limits,” he said.
“But it’s better to put a wall there, then, because I destroyed two front wings and a front suspension. So I think it’s a bit too high. But at the other end we have to say off them as well.”
Verstappen suggested the kerbs should be more like those at turn one. “I think it is a better idea to have a straight kerb, a bigger one instead of like small ones.”
Rain during the second session further restricted Verstappen’s running during today’s practice sessions. However he was encouraged by the performance shown by his Red Bull.
“I think the pace was good before that happened and again in FP2 was good.” he said. “Of course you’d like to run a bit more but not too bad.”
Verstappen was within eight-tenths of a second of Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes in second practice. “I didn’t expect to be that close,” he said. “Of course tomorrow we have to wait and see what happens with Mercedes. But I’m quite happy.”
2016 Austrian Grand Prix
- Long stint didn’t cause Vettel’s tyre blow-out in Austria
- Point earns Wehrlein Driver of the Weekend win
- Mercedes will use team orders if Austrian GP scenario recurs
- Hamilton won’t change his approach after Mercedes discussions
- 2016 Austrian Grand Prix team radio transcript