Max Verstappen begins his sophomore season of Formula 1 with the Scuderia Toro Rosso team in 2016 with fond memories of his race debut twelve months ago at the Albert Park circuit in Australia.
Despite failing to finish last year’s event, Verstappen was happy with his performance having run inside the top ten for long spells, and is looking forward to getting back out on track this weekend for the season opening Grand Prix of 2016.
“Last year’s Australian GP was a very special weekend for me: I was so excited to be taking part in my first ever Formula 1 Grand Prix!” expressed Verstappen.
“The parts of the circuit that standout for me are Turn 1, where you arrive quite fast – or at least that was my feeling back then, as it was all very new to me! – and it’s bumpy in the braking area, so I remember that I found it a bit difficult to get the braking right for that turn.
“Other things I remember was halfway through the lap, when you arrive to Turn 10, I could see a lot of fans there, sitting on the grass – they are so passionate and it’s so nice to see! At that same point I was also able to see part of the beautiful city.
“The last part of the track has some good combination of corners, even though it was a bit of a disappointing part last year, as it’s the sector where I retired… To be racing in point’s position in your first F1 race and have to retire is something hard to experience! But all in all, it’s a fun, enjoyable track and I just can’t wait to go back!”