Verstappen ready for ‘cool’ challenge in ‘humid’ Malaysia


Max Verstappen - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Max Verstappen is eyeing a return to the podium this weekend at the Sepang International Circuit for the first time since the German Grand Prix before the mid-season break.

The Red Bull Racing racer finished sixth last time out in Singapore, and the Dutchman is expecting another tough weekend in Malaysia with the heat and humidity that could be similar to that of Singapore.

Verstappen is also aware about the possible variations of the weather at Sepang, and knows everyone has to be on top of their strategies in Malaysia.

“Malaysia is very humid and very hot, a bit like Singapore,” said Verstappen. “I like the Sepang circuit, it’s pretty cool. It has a nice combination of fast corners at Turn 5 and 6 and good overtaking opportunities at Turn 9.

“The weather can vary quite a bit as well. We can get some pretty big storms, but then the track can dry up very quickly because of the high temperature.

“Last year I did a bit of sightseeing while I was there, and Malaysia seems like a very beautiful country. I really enjoyed it.”