Max Verstappen: “It might not be the most ideal circuit for our car”


Max Verstappen - Credit: Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Max Verstappen heads into his first Austrian Grand Prix as a Red Bull Racing driver feeling the track may not be as good for his RB12 as the last few races have been.

The Dutchman finished in the points in 2015 while at Scuderia Toro Rosso, and feels the Red Bull Ring circuit is a special one, both for the circuit layout and its elevation changes but also because of the fans.

“In Austria you don’t have so many corners but the elevation changes makes it pretty special, and now driving for Red Bull you feel that even more as it’s our home GP so you feel very welcome by the fans,” said Verstappen. “I think this year there are a few Dutch fans who are coming over so I’m looking forward to it.

“It might not be the most ideal circuit for our car in terms of performance but it’s still very enjoyable. Last year was actually a very good race – I qualified 7th and then eventually finished 8th so it wasn’t too bad.

“I’ve spent a lot of time in Austria since I was a kid, either skiing or there for go-karting, and I think it’s a very beautiful country in general, and somewhere I feel quite at home.”