A number of drivers have been slamming the surface of the Miami track after their first outing on the tarmac – and it’s making things “extremely tricky.”
McLaren’s Lando Norris was the first to chat about the conditions ahead of Sunday’s race and although he took P6 in FP2 he was clearly irked by the bumpy nature of the track.
Speaking to Sky F1 the British driver said: “It is extremely tricky. It is very bumpy in some areas which is not quite what we were expecting.
“I think everyone was expecting it to be very smooth and beautiful but it’s not.”
“The surface is very tricky as well because you go offline anywhere and it is pretty much game over and you end up in the wall – it’s punishing let’s say.
“That is why you have seen quite a few people ending up in the barriers. I feel like it isn’t going to be great for racing now. That is the negatives, but the positives are it is still a good track.”
Lando wasn’t the only driver criticising the new location, as Red Bull’s Sergio Perez clearly agreed with the McLaren driver’s concerns, and said: “I am really disappointed there is no grip off-line.
“It’s a shame because I think the racing will be bad due to that.
“It’s wet on that side; it feels very gravelly. Racing will be hard. I think it’s going to be an interesting race.
“We are all in the same boat. We don’t know exactly where we are.”
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