In the round-up: Max Verstappen says the changes Red Bull made to reduce the weight of their RB18 since the season began have made it a better fit for his driving style.
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Car’s weight loss key to improved handling – VerstappenMax Verstappen says Red Bull have been able to make the RB18 handle more to his like by reducing the car’s weight since the season began.
The reigning world champion wasn’t as comfortable in his car as team mate Sergio Perez at the start of the season. But as the team has improved its car Verstappen has increasingly drawn clear of his team mate and stamped his authority on the world championship, winning the last five races in a row.
Verstappen says the weight savings Red Bull has made with the RB18 has allowed him to get the car handling more to his liking, “It was mainly just because of the weight,” he said. “The car was very heavily overweight, initially.
“That doesn’t help the balance of the car because it becomes all a bit lazy and also in the wrong place of the car. So the car was overweight and that’s why it made it understeer quite a bit.”
BMW has no interest in F1 return
BMW is not interested in joining Mercedes and Audi in Formula 1. The manufacturer, which supplied engines to Williams from 2000 and took over Sauber’s entry from 2006-09, has consistently dismissed speculation it might return to the series.
“We’re definitely not interested in that at the moment,” said BMW M Motorsport head Andreas Roos, who took over from Mike Krack at the team after he joined Aston Martin as its F1 team principal, in an interview for Motorsport Total.
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