Max Verstappen: “I’m looking forward to finishing the year on a high”

Max Verstappen - Credit: Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Max Verstappen is looking forward to the Brazilian Grand Prix at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace as he continues his battle for fourth place in the championship with Scuderia Ferrari duo Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.

Just ten points separate the Red Bull Racing driver in sixth from fourth placed Vettel with two races of the season remaining, and is ready for the challenge of Brazil, an event on the calendar the Dutch teenager feels is ‘special’.

“I like the track in Brazil, it’s a really special layout with quite a bit of height elevation, and it is anti-clockwise which always adds a bit more fun to the challenge,” said Verstappen.

“The track is quite a technical layout, especially sector 2, it’s important to get this right for a quick lap. Like many of the circuits we race at it has had a lot of history and great moments over the years, this makes it one of the “special” ones on the calendar.”

Verstappen admits that it feels strange that the season is so close to its conclusion with just Brazil and the season-closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to come.

“It is obviously the penultimate race of 2016,” said Verstappen. “It is strange to think we are heading to Abu Dhabi in just a few weeks’ time, but I’m looking forward to finishing the year on a high and building towards an even stronger 2017.

“I haven’t had much chance to discover a lot of Sao Paulo yet. I gathered from last year that it is a really busy city, hopefully this year I will have the chance to explore and see some more local culture.”