Verstappen: ‘Aston Martin safety car is like a tortoise’

Verstappen: ‘Aston Martin safety car is like a tortoise’


Since last year, Mercedes has shared security and medical work with Aston Martin. After all, the British brand uses Mercedes engines and is partly owned by a German giant.

Since both brands now have their own teams within F1, it is a great marketing opportunity. However, little of that good publicity remains after the Australian Grand Prix.

Slow safety car

World champion champion Max Verstappen had nothing to say about the 542-hp Aston Martin Vantage.

The car was not fast enough to lead the stadium, causing Verstappen and his colleagues to have trouble heating tires. The biggest example of this was at the start of the second, when Charles Leclerc almost fell under the track with the ice front tires.

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Verstappen speaks of Aston Martin’s embarrassment slowly. The green cut is more reminiscent of turtles:

“There was very little grip and the safety was also very slow, it was like a tortoise. Strange. Up to 140 straight – there was no damaged car there, so I don’t understand why we should drive so slowly. We need to investigate.”

Max’s criticism was backed by rival Charles Leclerc. However, Monegask did not want to complain to the race managers during the race, because he could see with his own eyes how Bernd Mayländer had a problem with Aston Sliding:

“Honestly I wanted to complain but I watched the safety car slide around the corner. I don’t think he could have given more so I didn’t want to put pressure on him. With the cars. We have it now it’s really hard to keep the temperature on the tires behind.”

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Mercedes hodari

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Mercedes-ma and current second winner in the competition in that championship George Russell immediately came up with a solution with a big smile. The new Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series safety car is faster than its English cousin. With a capacity of 730 horsepower and a comprehensive aerodynamic package, AMG can set the highest speed:

“We have no such problem with the Mercedes-AMG safety car! In fact, the Mercedes-AMG is about five seconds, faster than the Aston Martin safety car, which is much larger.”

Verstappen could only agree with Brit. He also prefers to see the larger Black Series wing:

“The Mercedes safety car is definitely faster because of the extra aero because this Aston Martin is much slower. The car definitely needs more grip because our tires were so cold. It’s amazing how we drive in the back of the safety car now.”

Vantage AMR Pro?

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Considering the close relationship between Mercedes-AMG and Aston Martin, it may be a good idea to give Vantage the same treatment. After all, the AMR Pro version of the car with Black Series technology would significantly eliminate drivers’ concerns.

Unfortunately, deploying Valkyrie is not practical: the V12 ground impact monster has no space left for security equipment.