Drivers not backing up Verstappen over kerbs criticism


Several Formula One drivers disagreed with Max Verstappen's criticism over the raised kerbs around the Red Bull Ring after the Dutchman damaged his car in Friday free practice. 

Verstappen lost his front wing endplate after going wide at turn eight and running over a section of the raised kerbing.

The 18-year-old Red Bull driver's session then came to an early end after breaking his suspension by running wide at turn five, finishing up in the gravel trap. 

Verstappen called the raised kerbs "dangerous" over the radio before claiming they were too high. 

"The problem is, I understand we have to respect track limits, but it's better to put a wall there," he said ahead of the weekend's Austrian Grand Prix in Spielberg.

"I destroyed two front wings and front suspension. It's a bit too high. The cars are made for certain things, not to ride such kerbs.

"The solution is better in turn one, to just have one full, bigger kerb, instead of those smaller ones."

However Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo did not share a similar opinion, saying the kerbs were there for a reason.

"It's not personal to Max, but I do like that if you make a mistake you can't just continue like it's nothing," the Australian said. 

"I don't think they're dangerous, I actually think they are quite good. You're going off track and at least you're paying a penalty."

Four-time F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel shared little sympathy with Verstappen.

"I haven't been on them so I haven't experienced how harsh they are," the Ferrari driver said. 

"They need to build stronger front wings then they would stop complaining."

McLaren's Jenson Button said drivers were able to learn from Verstappen's mistakes, and believes he should do the same. 

"The big kerbs Max hit broke the car, but it's always going to in that situation when the car is loaded up," the Briton said.

"He knows where it is now, and we all understand how aggressive they are from his incident, so we'll try and stay off it."