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Verstappen seeks single-lap improvement after ‘unrepresentative’ fifth in practice | 2021 Dutch Grand Prix

Verstappen seeks single-lap improvement after ‘unrepresentative’ fifth in practice | 2021 Dutch Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen says there is more to come from his Red Bull over a single flying lap after the first day of practice for the Dutch Grand Prix.

However he said his lap time was unrepresentative after being forced to abort his quickest run on new tyres when Nikita Mazepin spun ahead of him, causing the session to be red-flagged.

“I don’t think it looks very representative from our side on the short run because already after one lap the tyres do drop off a bit,” he said. “Nevertheless we will work on a few things where we’re not entirely happy in the short run. But the long run looks competitive so of course that is always very important.”

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Several drivers have indicated overtaking will be very difficult around the narrow and fast Zandvoort track. “We also know that the starting position around here is very important,” Verstappen acknowledged. “So we’ll have a look what we can do for the short run to make it a bit better.”

Verstappen believes there are “just a few things we need to understand a bit better to get a bit more pace out of it” tomorrow.

“But like I said it’s also not very representative because my lap was on a used set and the lap I had to abort I think would have been good enough for first. So then of course you talk already a bit differently, but it’s never perfect. We’ll always try to look into details what we can do better.”

Although Zandvoort is limited to just two-thirds of spectator capacity this weekend, a large number of fans have turned up for the race, most of whom are supporting Vertappen.

“I was really enjoyable to see all of them in orange and having fun in the grandstands,” he said. “And of course the track as well, it’s quite a short lap, a lot of fast corners, it was a fun day.”

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