The subject of security has turn into a significant speaking level forward of the Belgian Grand Prix within the wake of the latest fatal accident of youngster Dilano van ‘t Hoff in a moist System Regional European Championship on the observe.
Some have recommended that the incident requires the FIA to be further cautious in regards to the situations it deems acceptable to race in.
However double world champion Verstappen thinks that there must be some realism that visibility will all the time be worse within the moist – so chasing excellent situations is an unimaginable goal.
“It is unhealthy, nevertheless it has been unhealthy for a really very long time,” the Crimson Bull driver mentioned about visibility with the present era of F1 automobiles.
“So, I do not assume there’s a lot in the meanwhile that we are able to do about it.”
Verstappen mentioned he had religion that F1 race director Niels Wittich was certified sufficient to make the suitable name.
“We now have spent fairly a little bit of time in briefings, and I feel additionally from his facet, he is performed fairly just a few races now,” he mentioned of Wittich.
“I feel he’d additionally hearken to the security automobile a bit, and I feel he’ll know if it is secure or not. However the visibility goes to be unhealthy anyway.
“In any other case, we can’t have any rain races anymore.”
Max Verstappen, Crimson Bull Racing, in Parc Ferme after Qualifying
Photograph by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images
Verstappen defined that the present rules have made visibility worse within the moist as a result of the tyres and automobiles throw up extra water.
“We went to the larger tyres, which makes it worse, as a result of there’s extra displacement,” he mentioned.
“Plus, simply the form of the automobile, it is so massive so you’ve gotten extra spray.
“It’s worse than it was in 2016, however in 2016, it was additionally unhealthy. I keep in mind the race in Brazil the place I used to be within the again after the pitstop, I did not even see Fernando [Alonso] spinning off the observe.
“For the entire straight, I stored it flat, however I did not see something and did so solely by realizing the place you are going from all the opposite laps.
“You simply preserve it pinned, but when there would have been a automobile standing [still] I might have gone fully via it.”
In addition to the problem of visibility, the overall security of the Spa circuit – and particularly the Eau Rouge/Raidillon complicated that additionally claimed the lifetime of Anthoine Hubert in 2019 – has been a talking point.
However Verstappen sees no specific drawback with the venue, as he reiterated his belief that other tracks were more dangerous.
“There are all the time issues that may be performed higher, however we’re additionally racing in Monaco, which I feel is far more harmful than right here,” he mentioned.
Max Verstappen, Crimson Bull Racing RB16B
Photograph by: Erik Junius
“We race there as a result of it is deemed secure sufficient. Accidents occur, sadly.
“And actually, whenever you look again on the accident that occurred, it’s simply extraordinarily unlucky the best way it occurs.
“I do not assume there’s so much you are able to do or change for it to be so much safer.
“As a result of there are additionally different tracks on the market that if in case you have a crash, and also you’re [flung] again onto the observe, and there is very low visibility, that may occur once more.
“It is only a bit, I assume, unfortunate in a means as properly that it occurs at Spa, two occasions, however shut to one another.”