Verstappen back on track for second F1 outing at Austin

Max Verstappen makes his second free practice appearance for the Scuderia Toro Rosso team at Austin this weekend determined to learn more about Formula 1 and to get to know the team more ahead of his race debut in 2015.

He impressed everyone back in Japan, finishing twelfth in free practice, less than half a second slower than Daniil Kvyat, and the seventeen year old Dutchman is looking forward to being back in the car this weekend.

“I’m looking forward to being back in the STR9 for the first time since Japan,” said Verstappen. “Before coming out to Austin, I was in the simulator for Macau and I also spent some time looking at the Circuit of the Americas. It looks like a fun track to drive with interesting corners like the first one that you have to go into blind.

“I’ve never been to Austin, although I’ve raced karts in the States and been there on holiday. After taking part in FP1 in Suzuka, I had to rush back to Europe, but this time, I will be staying with the team all the way through to Brazil, so I’ll be able to learn a lot more, taking part in all the briefings and generally getting to know the team.”

Verstappen completed his FIA European Formula 3 Championship season in between Suzuka and Austin, finishing third in the championship at the end of his first year in single seater cars, and has been preparing for his final Formula 3 race before his promotion into F1 around the legendary street circuit of Macau during November.

“I missed Sochi because I was in Imola, competing in the penultimate round of the European Formula 3 Championship that weekend,” said Verstappen. “In Hockenheim, the following week, I got one win out of the three races and that meant I ended up third in the championship standings. I still have one more go in an F3 car, as I am taking part in the Macau F3 Grand Prix.

“It’s a really special race, a special track and it is a race I would really like to win, especially as earlier this year I won the Zandvoort Masters, the other “classic” on the F3 calendar.”