Sergio Perez has predicted that all Formula 1 drivers will be forced into resting their necks through the new-ultra fast final corner at the Spanish Grand Prix.
The old chicane, which was situated before the final corner, has been done away with for the 2023 race, with the track reverting to the sweeping double right-handers that were last used in 2006.
As a result of the increased speeds, the G-Forces drivers are subjected to have increased, with Red Bull racer Perez feeling that the drivers must take precautions to last the race distance.
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"It's quite tough on the neck, but obviously it was a very short day," Perez told media, including RacingNews365.com, in Barcelona.
"On Sunday, we will see a few people resting their necks because it gets trickier, but all in all, plenty of positives to take from the day.
"We've got to pull a gear in Qualifying and try to understand the tyres on the long run, which will be key for Sunday.
"We're trying a lot of stuff here because it's always the most representative track and really puts the whole season together, so it was a good day with plenty of information for us."
Verstappen prefers new layout
Teammate Max Verstappen who led the two sessions by 0.7s and 0.1s, respectively, added that he was "positively surprised" by the new layout.
"It's been a lot more fun to drive, F1 cars in general feel better at high speed," he said.
"The last two corners are much better to drive, I tried to follow a few cars as well, and it seems quite ok through there.
"So I'm positively surprised for overtaking, and overall, we had a very good day, the car was in a good window.
"We tried to fine tune things here and there, but short runs and long runs look quite good."
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