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F1 drivers call for more checks after drain cover incidents

MANAMA: Triple world champion Max Verstappen said more checks were needed after Formula One’s pre-season testing in Bahrain was halted for the second day in a row on Friday by a dislodged drain cover.

The two separate incidents revived memories of an incident that caused considerable and costly damage to Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari at last November’s inaugural Las Vegas Grand Prix.

Verstappen, chasing a fourth successive championship this season, feared the current high-downforce cars were making such incidents more likely with the suction of their aerodynamics.

“With the ground-effect cars probably it’s a little bit worse but also it seems like we’re driving in places that not a lot of other cars are going in terms of opening up corners,” said the Dutch driver. (Reuters)

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