Verstappen: I think we’re still a long way from IndyCar

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Max Verstappen does not think Formula 1 is becoming too much like IndyCar, despite the more restrictive 2022 regulations.

The sport will welcome in a new era next season, with the 2022 regulations aimed at creating closer racing and a better spectacle.

However, others have been critical of how restrictive they are and the threat they pose to innovation in a series designed to be the pinnacle of motorsport.

Asked for his thoughts on the new regulations, Verstappen said he did not want to criticise something that has not yet been brought in.

“Well, I think we’re still a long way from IndyCar, so I think that’s okay,” he told Motorsport.com.

“But yes, we will see in the next few years of course which way they go, what is allowed and what is not allowed. But at the moment there is no point in criticising it. We’ll just have to see how it all turns out.”

Verstappen added that he would not mind slower cars that allow for more racing in the future, given how difficult it is to overtake at the moment.

“Well, look, we always want to go as fast as possible over one lap,” he continued.

“But yes, at the moment it’s just very difficult to overtake. I don’t mind if we go three, four seconds slower, whatever it is, if we have better races in the end. It’s always give and take.

“Of course, I understand that with the cars we have now, if you go through a corner so fast and brake so late, then of course it becomes very difficult to outbrake somebody or things like that. So yes, that is very normal.

“At the end of the day we were the ones who said we needed to have a different car so we can have better racing, so Formula 1 eventually came to this solution in consultation. I am curious to see how the racing will be next year.”