The Japanese GP was delayed because of heavy rain and the condition of the track. This has led once again to the reopen of the debate about whether or not F1 needs to find a solution in order to make cars more able to cope with rain conditions, in particular assuring that tyres have a better range of use and can deal with excess water on track with no risk of aquaplaning.
Speaking after the race in the press conference, Max Verstappen said that he is willing to help Pirelli find and try new ideas to help improve things.
"I didn't want to take a dig out of everyone but I think we need better rain tyres.
"If you saw what we could do in the '90s or the early 2000s, with the amount of water on the track.
"I'm very happy to have a few test days and try all different kinds of tyres.”
Pirelli provides a set of intermediate and wet tyres, but as the Dutch driver explained the current extremes were not able to cope with the Japanese weather.
It is also known that the inter performs better over a different range of track conditions compared to the extreme, which is the reason why drivers tries to switch very quickly them.
“We need better rain tyres because I think the extremes are just slow and they can't really carry a lot of water away,” said the Dutchman. “That's why everyone always tries to switch very quickly to an intermediate because it's just so much faster per lap.
"You could see from one to the other lap, we went from the extreme to the inter today and we immediately went five seconds at least faster and that is just too big. And that's why nobody really wants to run that extreme."
Verstappen also emphasized how in the past the tyres were better to face these conditions so in his opinion there must be a solution.
"When it rained like it did when the red flag came out, and you would have put extreme tyres on, I think it would still be really difficult to drive," he said.
"But then if you compare that to 20 years ago, that would have been perfectly fine. So there must be a solution.
"But this is not criticism because I'm very happy to help out. We should look into it. Maybe we can just organise more tests days in the wet and work together, to try and find better tyres to at least have an opportunity to really drive in the wet and not always only drive like two laps on an extreme, switch to intermediate and call it a wet race because a wet race is also normally driven with heavy rain.”
Ferrari's Charles Leclerc also pointed out that among the problems that need to be solved, an important aspect to dwell on is certainly the amount of water thrown up by the current tyres, as that makes the visibility low and hard for drivers to see through the spray.
"I think a big problem of these cars is just the visibility," he said. "So whatever we can do to try and improve the visibility and minimise the spray, especially behind the cars, this will be hugely beneficial.
"I believe that sometimes we can actually run for the conditions of the track but just because of the visibility, because it's so dangerous being behind and you don't see anything, that we end up not running at all.
"We should try and find a solution, for some reason, to try and minimise the spray."