Max Verstappen has voiced a concern he has with the current generation of Formula 1 cars.
New regulations introduced last year saw the return of ground effect in a bid to allow drivers to follow their rivals closer through corners.
In the seasons building up to the new technical regulations, increased downforce generated by the sidepods created dirty air and made it extremely challenging to get close to a rival car.
Verstappen believes that the regulations have been successful in tackling that particular element.
“I think they’re a little bit better,” Verstappen told media including RacingNews365.com.
“When you look at 2020 and 2021, when we were following the cars were really undrivable. Because I was trying really hard to follow. I do think that's still a lot better.”
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Verstappen concerned with weight
However, Verstappen has taken issue with the weight of the current cars.
The weight of the challengers has been steadily increasing over the last number of years with some of the increase down to improved safety measures.
However, factors such as Pirelli's 18-inch tyres have also caused the weight to go up.
Since the start of the turbo hybrid era in 2014, the cars have become 100kg heavier which has led to more difficulties driving the car at low speed.
“I do think that the weight of the cars, that is for me a little bit of a concern,” Verstappen added.
“And maybe the general stiffness of the cars, but I do think that these cars are much better for racing. I do think the racing is a little bit better.”