Verstappen looking forward to night race challenge

MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 04: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing sits in his car in the garage during the Formula One Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 4, 2016 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images). Credit: Red Bull Content Pool

Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen is looking forward to visiting one of his favourite tracks on the calendar next weekend, when F1 heads to the Singapore Grand Prix, a race which provides one of the biggest challenges of the season.

“Singapore is definitely one of my favourites. It’s very challenging, not easy to understand and also the heat makes it even harder. Being a night race means it’s a bit different, you have to adapt your braking zone as the light changes from the earlier session to the late ones.”

Last year the Dutchman was driving for sister team Scuderia Toro Rosso where he came under scrutiny for disobeying team orders, when he refused to allow then team-mate Carlos Sainz Jnr through in the closing stages of the race. This year he will be hoping to have a clear lead over team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, and be challenging for the lead of the race.

Verstappen is also looking forward to trying some of the local cuisine, something he stayed away from last year, and enjoys the fact that despite being across the other side of the world, they remain on the European time zone, which makes things a little easier to adapt to.

“I enjoyed it a lot last year so I’m excited to go out there again. The local food looks and smells great but I haven’t got around to trying it yet. In 2015 I ate pretty basic food, I don’t really like fish so I kept it simple with some plain meat. This year I am going to try to sample some local dishes.”

“Luckily the time difference isn’t a problem because we are always driving so late, this means we keep our body clocks on the European time zone. It’s funny because we go for dinner in the middle of the night, there are people partying while you sit eating.”