Max Verstappen, the reigning world champion, compared the Aston Martin f1 safety car to a ‘turtle’. Saying it was moving too slowly during its deployment at the Australian Grand Prix.
At each race, an Aston Martin f1 V8 Vantage and a Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series swap as the safety cars. The Aston Martin car has 528 brake horsepower, while the Mercedes car has 730 brake horsepower.
According to Verstappen, the Aston Martin safety vehicle is not fast enough for drivers to effectively warm up. “There is very little grip, and the safety car is moving at such a sluggish speed that it resembles a turtle”
At Formula 1, race is neutralized under a safety car. Where drivers must maintain appropriate tire temperatures in order to have sufficient grip for the restart that follows. During crucial periods of a race, drivers frequently weave their cars from side to side to get heat into the tires.
He further stated that “There was no damage to the car when we drove 140 [km/h] on the back straight, so I’m not sure why we have to drive so slowly. We need to look into it” He added while praising Mercedes “Because of the greater aero, the Mercedes safety vehicle is faster, while this Aston Martin is extremely slow. Our tires were ice cold, so it clearly needs extra grip”
Max Verstappen’s Formula 1 2022 championship defense has been a mixed bag. He has won once and retired twice while running in second place in three events. He is currently sixth in the standings, 46 points behind early leader Charles Leclerc, who has won both of the races in which Verstappen failed to finish.
Next race of Formula 1 is set for Emilia Romagna Grand Prix 2022 commonly known as Imola and former home of the San Marino GP, on Sunday, April 24.