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Damaged floor hampers Verstappen’s practice running

Red Bull driver fell victim to Austrian kerbs

Austrian Grand Prix – Max Verstappen was one of several drivers to end the day with a car in need of repairs after a damaging day in the Styrian mountains.

Competing at Red Bull’s home event, Verstappen finished the second free practice session in fifth place, several tenths of a second off the pace of the Mercedes.

The long runs looked to favour the Mercedes cars too, with the Red Bulls appearing to need more time to compete with their rivals.

However, the Dutchman conceded that he sustained damage to the floor of his RB14, which prevented him from fine-tuning his setup.

“Today was a bit average,” said Verstappen. “I sustained a bit of damage to the floor in FP2, running most of the session with that wasn’t ideal. I think it was sustained from vibration from the inside kerbs, not the big sausage ones.

“The kerbs are quite aggressive but they have been like that for the last few years so it’s not a surprise, they are the same for everyone so you need to avoid them. Of course they can damage the front wing but if a wall was there you would be in it, so you need to stay off them.

“This compromised the feel of the car so resulted in a bit of a flat day. We need to work on the set-up as I feel we lacked a bit of speed through the corners, we know we are down on the straights so we need to make up for it where we can.

“This may have been a result of the balance not feeling quite right, we will look into the data this evening because at the moment I am not overly happy.”

Team-mate Daniel Ricciardo added that he damaged his car on the kerbs during free practice one.

“I actually damaged a bit of the front wing this morning on a kerb, but I think they are a good thing. It’s our job to stay off them and at least it’s a track limit.

“Some of these modern circuits that don’t have walls don’t really have a limit, I don’t think this is a bad alternative and at least it has an impact.”

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