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Max Verstappen: “It was good to get back in the car today”

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Max Verstappen enjoyed getting back into his race winning RB12 for a day of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya on Wednesday.

The Dutchman, fresh off the back of becoming the youngest race winner in Formula 1 history, got back onto the Spanish circuit and set the fastest time of the day as he continued to acclimatise himself to the Red Bull Racing car following his surprise move to the team following the Russian Grand Prix in a swap deal with Daniil Kvyat, who took his place at Scuderia Toro Rosso.

Verstappen completed 118 laps of the Circuit de Catalunya on Wednesday, setting a best time of 1m23.267s, and ended up 0.739s clear of second placed Stoffel Vandoorne of McLaren-Honda.

“It was good to get back in the car today,” said Verstappen. “The car is good to drive, very enjoyable and we achieved very good mileage. We didn’t have any problems and could run the whole day.

“For me personally it was good to have the opportunity to get even more comfortable with the car. I was able to try some new things and find ways to improve my performance.

“I learned a lot about the RB12 today, which is very, very positive.”

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