Abu Dhabi GP: Max Verstappen defends kerbing in practice

Dutchman, who ran wide over kerning on exit of Turn 20 on Friday, does not think it is a bad thing to do 'because you start playing with limits'

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 24: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB14 TAG Heuer on track during final practice for the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on November 24, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)
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Max Verstappen has defended the kerbing on one of the corners at Yas Marina Circuit that caused minor damage to his Red Bull Racing car during practice ahead of the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Dutchman ran wide over the kerbing on the exit of Turn 20 on the 21-corner track during Friday's second practice session and suffered minor damage to his floorboard.

An extra bit of kerbing has been added to the section of track this year in an attempt to avoid drivers running wide and having no deterrent for doing so.

Verstappen said: "I understand why it is there, and honestly, I think it is not so bad because otherwise you start playing with the limits. I went a little bit over it.

"Last year you could lean on it a little bit. Now it is a bit higher. I don't expect it to be a big problem in the race."

Verstappen was not the only one to suffer problems with the kerb. Both world champion Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen ran over it during Saturday's final practice session, though appeared to escape without harming their respective cars.


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