Max Verstappen describes the new 2022 F1 cars
Max Verstappen has given his first impression of the 2022 F1 cars, having covered almost three Grand Prix distances in two days of testing in Barcelona.
The Dutchman said that although his Red Bull RB18 feels “a little stiffer” compared to last year’s car, its overall balance is good.
Speaking to Motorsport.com after the conclusion of Barcelona testing, the reigning F1 world champion said:
“They are definitely stiffer than before, but I don’t care. [We are] just getting up to speed, understanding how to drive the car. Of course, it’s a bit different from previous years. But overall it was very positive and enjoyable. I hadn’t driven F1 for a while, so it was nice to start again.”
Despite their strong run, Verstappen says it’s hard to say where his team stands against the rest of the grid. He expects most of the other cars to be “completely different” when they arrive in Bahrain for the second test in a few weeks.
Max Verstappen said:
“I’m not looking at the lap times yet, I’ll only do it in Q3 in Bahrain. It’s still difficult to estimate exactly where we are, although it’s positive that the car ran without any problems, and that I am satisfied with the balance.”
Meanwhile, the Dutchman was among the few drivers who tested the new cars’ ability to keep up with others. On Day 3 he spent a few laps tracking several cars and said the new cars were a little better than last year.
Christian Horner hopes the battle between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton will resume in 2022
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner hopes Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton will resume their epic title battle from last year this season. Horner expects Red Bull and Mercedes to battle for the championship again in the coming season, but does not rule out tougher competition from Ferrari and McLaren.
Speaking to RN365, following the conclusion of Barcelona’s pre-season test, the Briton said:
“That’s what everyone wants to see; you want to see the best drivers in the world battling behind the wheel. I think Ferrari might be there, McLaren (seems) strong, so you might have a few other contenders. And don’t don’t forget George Russell. I mean, he’s going to be a key part of this championship as well.”
Red Bull finally succeeded in achieving their goal of winning the World Championship with Max Verstappen last season. They now hope to defend the title in 2022.
In addition, the Austrian team will also look forward to providing fiercer competition to Mercedes for the constructors’ title, hoping to bring it back to Milton Keynes after nearly eight years.