Red Bull‘s Max Verstappen has given his seal of approval for the restored last two corners at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The circuit had been slowed down ahead of the 2007 edition, but the restored double right-hander has made the track up to six seconds per lap quicker. Verstappen feels that it’s been a lot more fun to drive and that F1 cars in general feel better in high speed, so the last two corners are much better to drive. He tried following a few cars as well and thinks that overtaking will be positive since the change.
Verstappen isn’t the only driver happy with the change. Mercedes‘ George Russell and Lewis Hamilton also approved after Friday practice. Russell stated that the corner has gone from being one of the worst corners to probably one of the best corners on the F1 calendar. Hamilton added that the restored corners are awesome and very fast to drive. He also prefers it to the small chicane that the circuit had in the past and thinks that it’s much more fun. He has yet to follow anyone through there, so he does not know how that’s going to affect the race, but he believes that it will make it tough on deg.
The original change to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya was made ahead of the 2007 edition, in the hope that slower corner speeds would improve overtaking. Still, it has not been the case in recent years, and the circuit decided to restore the original double right-hander after 15 years. While the jury is still out on whether the latest change will have its desired effect on the on-track spectacle, the drivers seem to be enjoying the change, and overtaking might be more encouraging.