On Friday they will hit the Turkish asphalt, but he doesn’t know what Max Verstappen will find there either. Much will depend on the condition of the circuit, the Red Bull driver predicts.
For the second year in a row, the Formula 1 circus is forced to descend on Istanbul Park. The Turkish circuit, which was previously the setting for a Formula 1 race every year from 2005 to 2011, is the setting for the seventeenth race of the season.
Last year it returned to the Formula 1 calendar greatly changed by corona, but then the drivers found an ice rink near Istanbul. This year, measures have been taken to prevent similar scenes, but whether this has been successful will have to be seen on Friday.
It becomes clear that Max Verstappen can’t say anything about his chances either, because if it’s an ice rink again, anything can happen.
Who is the favorite according to Verstappen? “That’s a bit difficult to say, because we don’t have a good idea based on last year either. First we have to wait and see how much grip there is now, because otherwise it is more of a slide. I find it very difficult to fill in”, he reasons.
The weather could also play a role, but Verstappen can also predict little about that. He makes it all happen. “If the grip levels are normal, then I don’t expect anything crazy. During the race, of course, unexpected things can always happen. We’ll see, because we can’t control those things anyway. Then you don’t have to worry about it. to make.”
It is the sobriety that characterizes Verstappen. Another change this race weekend comes from Pirelli. They have brought a step of softer tires to Turkey compared to last year. Whether that is in Red Bull’s favor remains to be seen. Again Max sees it all.
“First we have to see how much grip there is on the track. That is the most important thing. A softer compound is not going to make a world of difference. So yes, we have to learn the track conditions on Friday first and then we will see how the tires hold up, in the short and long runs,” said the 24-year-old young man.