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“Ugly” – Verstappen about revised version of Mercedes F1 W13

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Ugly Verstappen about revised version of Mercedes F1 W13

Mercedes F1 W13 stunned everyone when they revealed the new version of their 2022 challenger on the first day of pre-season testing in Bahrain.

The team’s new sidepod solution has already attracted some controversy, mostly courtesy of Red Bull team boss Christian Horner, who might or might not have said that his team considers the car to be illegal.

However, when Max Verstappen was asked to give his comments, he didn’t seem overly concerned.

Max Verstappen was asked to give his comments on Mercedes’ radical upgrade of their 2022 challenger – the W13.

F1 champion Max Verstappen has levelled a dig at Mercedes’ “ugly” revised version of its W13 and labelled it a “different way of working”.

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The Silver Arrows arrived at the second pre-season test in Bahrain with a heavily upgraded car that sported a sleek, ‘zeropod’ design that immediately turned heads.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner was reported to have suggested the design was illegal, only to then state his “surprise” at reading the supposed comments.

Verstappen initially downplayed the significance of Mercedes’ innovation when asked whether he was concerned by the design.

Pushed on his thoughts of the radical look, the Dutchman abruptly replied: “Ugly isn’t it?” with a wry smile.

“It is a different way of working with the car,” continued Verstappen. “It only came out today for the others to see.”

Asked if design guru Adrian Newey had mentioned why he had chosen Red Bull’s philosophy, Verstappen said: “I [haven’t] asked any questions so far.

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“Otherwise, we will just have to brake a bit later to catch up the time.”

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Team-mate Sergio Perez spent the day in the car, clocking up the laps with a day-high 138, albeit ending it with an innocuous trundle into the gravel at the end to bring out the red flags with seven minutes remaining.

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Perez, though, was happy enough with what he felt was “a very productive day”.

He added: “It was good to get a read on the car on a different track with higher temperatures.

“It’s obviously very different here compared to Barcelona. Bahrain is one of the roughest circuits on the calendar so you are naturally more rear-biased.

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“In general, we had a good pace and we have plenty of information to go through, there is so much to learn at the moment.”

Reflecting on his minor off, Perez added: “Towards the end of the day, after the [virtual] safety car I had cold tyres and just lost it.

“Unfortunately, I went into the gravel. It ended the session early so hopefully everyone can have a nice rest now.”

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F1 PRE-SEASON TESTING 2023
Bahrain
DateMorning SessionAfternoon Session
Day 123rd February8:00am – 12:00pm1:00pm – 5:00pm
Day 224th February8:00am – 12:00pm1:00pm – 5:00pm
Day 325th February8:00am – 12:00pm1:00pm – 5:00pm
2023 F1 Car Launches
TeamCar NameDate
HaasVF-2331 January
Red BullRB1903 February
WilliamsFW4506 February
Alfa RomeoC4307 February
AlphaTauriAT0411 February
Aston MartinAMR2313 February
McLarenTBA13 February
FerrariTBA14 February
AlpineA52316 February
MercedesW1416 February
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Bahrain 202305 Mar
BRITISH TIMESESSION
14:30 - 15:30Free practice 1
18:00 - 19:00Free practice 2
15:00 - 16:00Free practice 3
18:00 - 19:00Qualifying
18:00 - 20:00Race
Bahrain57 laps308.238 km
2023 F1 Calendar
RaceVenueDate
1BahrainSakhir5th Mar.
2SaudiJeddah19th Mar.
3AustralianAlbert P2nd Apr.
4AzerbaijanBaku City30th Apr.
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1Max Verstappen
2Lewis Hamilton
3George Russell
4Charles Leclerc
5Carlos Sainz
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