Max Verstappen has shared his vision of what he would like to see from Formula 1 as it heads towards its next era.
2021 will mark the start of a new chapter in the sport with an overhaul of the regulations imminent once the current Concorde Agreement has ended.
Verstappen took issue with a range of current factors that heavily influence racing and began by saying improvements were needed with Pirelli’s range of tyres.
“At the moment they are very sensitive and quickly overheat,” Verstappen said in a public appearance at the HQ of Dutch supermarket chain and sponsor Jumbo.
“Then you will slide more and it is hard to follow others. So it is hard to fight during a race. DRS helps to get closer, but in the end I do not want to depend on that.
“Also after a quick lap you have to slow down to be able to do another one, because the tyres have to cool down and that takes way to long. It is the same during the race.
“You have to stay in a certain limit, otherwise the tyres overheat. I would like to drive a lot faster.”
Having had a lot of experience of racing with less powerful engines than his rivals, Verstappen also wants power units to not completely dictate races and World Championships.
The significant impact of aerodynamics also needs to be addressed, according to the Dutchman.
“We also should be less dependent on the engines,” he added.
“At the moment there is too much of a difference between the engines. In the last couple of years the championship was mostly won by the team with the best engine.
“Generally you should keep that difference between the 20 or 30 horsepower.
“Regarding the aerodynamics, it does not have to go as fast for me. As long as we can race each other better.
“Or when you touch someone and something breaks off, that it will not cost half a second per lap.
“Now when you drive a little too fast over a kerb, half the bottom of your car breaks off and that is not what you want.”
And Verstappen added his voice to by far the most popular demand heading toward 2021: a tighter, more competitive field in Formula 1.
“Finally, the difference between the teams are too big,” Verstappen concluded.
“You have the three top teams: Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull. But the difference from the third to the fourth team is almost a second, the is a big difference.
“I think the races would be much prettier if we could bring that all a bit close together.”