Max about Austrian and British GP: “Very challenging”

Published on 24 June 2016 by Niels Hendrix

“I think Canada and Baku were pretty positive for me”, reviews Max Verstappen the last two Grands Prix. “I enjoyed my defence in Canada and was happy with fourth. It was a really good feeling to have Nico Rosberg behind me and being able to defend my position. In Baku it was a tricky start with a good end.”

Looking ahead to next week, the Red Bull Racing drivers says: “In Austria you don’t have so many corners but the elevation changes makes it pretty special, and now driving for Red Bull you feel that even more as it’s our home GP so you feel very welcome by the fans. I think this year there are a few Dutch fans who are coming over so I’m looking forward to it.”

“It might not be the most ideal circuit for our car in terms of performance but it’s still very enjoyable. Last year was actually a very good race – I qualified 7th and then eventually finished 8th so it wasn’t too bad. I’ve spent a lot of time in Austria since I was a kid, either skiing or there for go-karting, and I think it’s a very beautiful country in general, and somewhere I feel quite at home.”

Only one week later the British GP will follow. Max continues: “Driving at Silverstone feels a little bit like Spa, it’s old-school but also has newly built facilities and modern run-off areas. When you do a really nice, clean lap there it feels pretty special, especially through the fast sections. It’s a real drivers’ track there. You arrive to the corners with a lot of speed so it’s very difficult to find the right line and the track is always changing so you have to adapt to the circumstances. It’s very challenging.”

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