Max Verstappen says he didn't expect the new yellow sausage kerbs to cause the heavy damage his Red Bull car sustained during FP1 when he was pushing the track limits.
The Red Bull driver was given a warning when he drove over the bigger kerbs at the exit of turn eight when he lost a piece of his front wing plate but then suffered a bigger incident when he hit the same kerb type at turn five which broke his steering section and suspension on the front right of his car.
The damage sent Verstappen into the gravel trap and prematurely cut short his opening session and due to the extensive rebuild the youngster also missed the opening minutes of FP2 before the sudden rain shower.
Despite the problems, Verstappen feels it didn't negative impact his Friday practice too badly and is confident of a strong race weekend at his team's home round.
“I just ran out of space really, I touched the kerbs and they destroyed the tripod so I couldn't turn any more,” Verstappen said. “I didn't expect them to be that hard for the car. It destroyed a little bit of the front wing, I couldn't continue and then lost a few minutes into FP2 as well because of it. But in the end we have a good car in the wet.
“The kerbs are very high, that's my conclusion! And hard for the car. But of course after that I lost a bit of time because of the damage, but I think the car is in good shape. I think we are a little bit better than expected, so not a bad day.”
Verstappen's best lap time on Friday came in FP2 with a 1m 08.761s – 1,4 seconds off of leader Nico Rosberg's lap record time from FP1.