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Max Verstappen: “It’s not an easy track to understand”

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Max Verstappen hopes the little experience he has of the Silverstone circuit benefits his as he tackles his first British Grand Prix this weekend.

The Scuderia Toro Rosso driver raced at the circuit in his debut European Formula 3 Championship weekend in 2014, and tested a Formula Renault car there, and hopes for a positive weekend this weekend.

Verstappen believes Toro Rosso will benefit with the high-speed corners of Silverstone, although the straights he believes will not work to the team’s strengths.

“I’ve driven there in Formula 3 and one day of a Renault test, so not that much track time, but a bit more than at some other tracks,” said Verstappen.

“It’s not an easy track to understand at first, but I found that I improved a lot over the course of a weekend racing there. Hopefully, this weekend I can start again where I left off and improve some more.

“Becketts and Maggots are very important in terms of gaining lap time and it’s very important at this circuit to get into a good flowing rhythm. It’s high speed, which in terms of the corners will suit our car, although the long straights might see us struggle a little bit.

“It’s a great track, so I am really looking forward to the race there. The weather can be a bit strange and the crosswinds can make it really challenging, sometimes requiring completely different set-up from one session to the next.”

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