Max Verstappen: “The long straights might not suit us”

Max Verstappen arrives at the Red Bull Ring looking to return to the points for the first time since the Malaysian Grand Prix in March, with the Scuderia Toro Rosso driver having had a rough run of results of late.

The Dutch teenager has not seen the chequered flag in three of the past five races, and was compromised in Montreal two weeks ago by penalties that saw him finish fifteenth.

Spielberg was the circuit that Verstappen ran laps as an official Red Bull-affiliated driver in 2014, driving a Formula 3 and a Formula Renault 3.5 Series car for a number of laps. He does not expect that long straights to suit his Toro Rosso car, but is looking forward to racing there in Formula 1.

“I have always enjoyed driving at this track, especially in the Formula 3 car, which I tested and raced here so I know it quite well,” said Verstappen. “It’s a very nice track in a beautiful location, even if the long straights might not suit us that well.

“There are some tight corners at the end of the fast sections, which means it can be hard on the brakes. It’s a bit of an old-school track, which is the type of circuit I like, so I’m looking forward to going there.

“Everyone in the team will be keen to get the best result possible at what is the home track for Red Bull.”