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Max Verstappen

Verstappen expresses concerns after Miami GP: I almost passed out!

After winning the inaugural Miami Grand Prix, Max Verstappen has revealed which areas of the Miami International Autodrome he believes could be improved.

Max Verstappen has expressed concerns over some aspects of the Miami International Autodrome, including an area of the track where he says he was almost "knocked out" by the impact of the kerbs.

The Dutchman claimed victory at the inaugural Miami Grand Prix, but the new venue attracted mixed feedback amongst the drivers, with some suggesting that the surface was bumpier than expected.

Amongst those to level this criticism was Lewis Hamilton, who compared the chicane at Turns 14 and 15 to a "B&Q car park".

Verstappen gives feedback on Miami track

Verstappen believes that the circuit could benefit from some changes, especially those that would enhance overtaking.

"I think [the surface] offline can be a bit better," the Red Bull driver told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"I think it was a bit [nicer in the race]. I was a bit surprised, like at the start going around the outside, I didn't expect grip. But then actually, during the race, it got worse and worse again.

"We had good examples lately with new tracks where we had good tarmac, like Saudi actually, it was pretty grippy. So we have to just look at that.

"Of course the racing line has a bit more grip than offline, but I think the difference here is a bit too much in places.

"So we'll see what we can do there and, besides that, I think we can make some bits [of the track] also a bit more exciting, especially Sector 2."

Problems with chicane for Verstappen

Another area of the circuit that has raised concerns for Verstappen is the chicane at Turns 14 and 15, where he gave himself a bit of a headache thanks to the kerbs.

"I think if I would have been in a go-kart it would be a nice chicane to take, but not in an F1 car like we have at the moment," the race winner explained.

"I think [with] the kerb combination, I remember in the four laps I did on Friday, I almost knocked myself out because I hit the the first kerb, and your head just bounced from left to right, at least five, six times!

"[It's] really bad if you just take it a tiny bit too much, just because the cars are so long, so wide, so stiff and super heavy, that that little kerb is just not made for it to be honest.

"Maybe we have to change the kerb layout already, [so] that [it] is a bit more of a progressive ramp, and it looks a bit nicer to go over. Maybe that helps already.

"But it's so slow, and I think our cars look way better if it's a bit more of a flowing combination."

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