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Max Verstappen

Verstappen wants harder track limits: Put in more gravel!

Red Bull's Max Verstappen wants to see more gravel traps in Formula 1, in order to make track limits far more straightforward.

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Max Verstappen has said he'd like to see more gravel traps in Formula 1, rather than the enforcement of different boundaries currently in place at different tracks.

Verstappen has been a big loser through the first few races, due to track limits violations. Overtaking Lewis Hamilton for the lead in Bahrain, Verstappen ran too wide out of Turn 4 and was forced to give back the position. He also lost out on pole position in Portugal after running wide at Turn 4, while also lost the fastest lap point for running wide at Turn 14 on the final lap.

The Dutch driver is, understandably, frustrated as the limits are defined by kerbing and white lines, as opposed to more serious limits like grass and gravel.

"Some tracks are just a bit more difficult to police really with track limits," Verstappen told media, including RacingNews365.

"And I think we do need to find a solution. Of course, I understand, some tracks we race together on with Moto GP. And they want a bit different curves to what we like. But I think we still need to find a bit of a middle way which works for both because, you know, with our cornering speeds, we can really abuse the whole track because of the grip we have with the cars. Which just makes it really difficult sometimes to really judge proper track limits.

"But, from my side, I think we should try and put a bit more gravel back in places. Of course, it's sometimes not what tracks want because when you have track days and people go off, the gravel comes onto the track, they need to clean it, it all costs money to put it back in place.

"But I think it's just sometimes a bit confusing, also from the outside where some places you run onto a kerb, some places are policed with the white line, I think we can make it a lot better by making sure that there is a hard limit when you go off a kerb or whatever."

With Verstappen and Red Bull falling foul of track limits more than Mercedes have so far this season, the Dutch driver said there's not a whole lot more the team can do to make sure they are on top of track limits rules.

"In Bahrain, there were some misunderstandings between teams, and what was allowed and what wasn't," Verstappen explained.

"But you can also see it differently. I mean, I'm just trying to get everything out of the car, when we are not on the same level as Mercedes, but I can also easily just not be in that topic of using track limits or whatever. But then I'm quite comfortably behind the Mercedes, which I don't like.

"I always tried to get the best possible result out of it. But I went twice outside of the track limits where it cost me basically a pole and a fastest lap. But it's also because I don't settle for second or third."

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