Red Bull Racing duo Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen share different opinions on the newly installed kerbs that have been added to the Red Bull Ring this year.
Verstappen was vocal with his criticism over team radio during the first practice session, saying: “The yellow kerbs in the fast corners are really dangerous.”
The teenager suffered two incidents in the opening session that damaged his Red Bull on both occasions, the first coming at Turn Eight and the second at Turn Five, which ended his session prematurely.
“The problem is I understand we have to respect the track limits, but it’s better to put a wall there then,” Verstappen said.
“Because then I destroyed two front wings and front suspension. I think it’s a bit too high, but at the other end we have to stay off them as well.
“You try to [avoid them] but I think, Turn One is a better idea to have just a straight kerb, a bigger one, instead of smaller ones.
Contrary to Verstappen’s comments, teammate Ricciardo doesn’t see the new kerbs as much of a big deal and thinks they’re doing what they’re designed to do, which is punish mistakes.
The Australian enjoyed a trouble free Friday finishing fifth in both practice sessions, and is upbeat with the pace the team has shown given their previous history with the Red Bull Ring.
“I don’t think they were dangerous; I actually think they are quite good. You’re going off the track and at least you’re paying a penalty,” Ricciardo said.
“We talked a bit yesterday in the press conference about liking street circuits because if you make a mistake normally your race it over. With modern circuits it’s hard to just put a wall everywhere and still make it safe.
“So the yellow kerb worked really well today because in the end it was a mistake from Max. It damaged his car quite a bit, probably more than he expected, but at least it was black or white.
“It’s not personal to Max, the team was spending all of lunch fixing his car so it’s not good for them, but I do like that if you make a mistake you can’t just continue like it’s nothing.”
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