F1 has been toying with the thought of outlawing tyre blankets for the reason that swap to 18 inch wheels was finalised, with that initially set to go forward in 2021 earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic pressured the brand new automotive rules to be delayed till 2022.
The collection had already elected towards an entire tyre blanket ban for 2021 again in 2019, with the phasing out of the heaters happening progressively.
Groups are at the moment permitted to a most tyre hotter temperature of 70 levels Celsius this yr, down from 100 final yr, with that most stage dropping to 50 in 2023 earlier than a full ban in 2024.
Two 2023 Pirelli tyre assessments have taken place within the FP2 classes at america and Mexican GPs, when groups ran to the 50-degree setting, which Verstappen mentioned “was not pleasing”.
Requested forward of this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix what his ideas are on the incoming tyre blanket ban in 2024, the Purple Bull driver expects the rule change to trigger chaos on observe.
“Sure, it was not pleasing,” Verstappen mentioned of the Austin tyre check.
“I drove on [tyres that were warmed to] 50 levels, I believe it was, and I virtually spun within the pitlane already.
“In fact, I additionally had the toughest compound, however I believe there’s much more to it. If we’ve the tyre blankets anyway, why do not we simply use them to the fullest as a result of they’re there?
Max Verstappen, Purple Bull Racing, talks to the press
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“You both go simply full blankets or zero, not center means as a result of we’ve them already. We need not purchase new ones.
“I believe we will have loads of crashes. That I do know already in comparison with what we’ve for the time being. However yeah, it is powerful.
“Additionally, your tyre degradation goes to be fully completely different as a result of your tyres are very chilly. You’re sliding round loads within the first few laps.
“Your tyre pressures are going to undergo the roof, so your tyres are going to degrade much more. For the time being I do not actually take pleasure in it however loads of drivers say the identical and we’ve to discover a answer to that.
“Austin continues to be a observe the place you possibly can simply swap on the tyres due to the excessive velocity cornering. However in the event you go to love a observe like a avenue circuit or Monaco, can think about you on like half-half circumstances.
“I believe goes to take like half of the race earlier than you could have like temperature in your tyres.”
Verstappen additionally hit again at ideas outlawing tyre blankets might make the overcut pitstop technique in races extra highly effective, as is the case in GT racing.
“You’ve gotten loads much less energy [in a GT car],” the Purple Bull driver added.
“I believe with these [F1] automobiles they’re very heavy as properly. I imply, I’ve tried it and it is simply actually virtually not possible to drive.
“And I additionally drive nonetheless in my non-public time. I drive a GT3 automotive with no tyre blankets, however these automobiles are much more forgiving and it is loads simpler to handle than these type of [F1] automobiles, as a result of in the event you go on energy a bit of bit an excessive amount of, with the ability you could have from the engine, it may be an enormous, massive crash.”