Verstappen ‘looking forward’ to Shanghai test

Max Verstappen is ready for the challenge of Shanghai - Credit: Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Max Verstappen is ready for the challenge of the Chinese Grand Prix, with the Dutchman still unsure to what the true pecking order of the teams in the 2017 Formula 1 World Championship is.

The Red Bull Racing driver started and finished fifth in the season opening Australian Grand Prix two weeks ago, ending the 57-lap race almost half a minute down on race winner Sebastian Vettel, but despite the result, he still believes the true order could be different to that seen at Albert Park, due to the unique nature of the circuit.

Verstappen feels the Shanghai International Circuit could show more of what could be the order, and he cannot wait to get started.

“I always enjoy to go back to China as it’s a special place and it’s a very nice track,” said Verstappen. “The food, I mean, I have good experience of it already in Holland but you always have to try the real stuff when you are in China.

“I do have to be careful with my diet not to eat too much Chinese though as I really like it. The country has a lot of history and I would actually quite like to visit the giant pandas sometime.

“I’m just looking forward to going there at this early stage of the season as everything is still very new and nothing has really been decided yet.”