Max Verstappen says he is expecting his debut Formula 1 race to 'be just like every other race I have driven' as he gears up for the Australian Grand Prix.

The Dutchman is in line to become the youngest-ever driver to contest a Formula 1 Grand Prix and says he is excited to go racing.

"I'm looking forward to taking part in my first race in F1," Verstappen said. "At the moment, I'm not too sure how I will feel, but when the lights go on I will definitely be very excited and when they go off, then it will be just like every other race I have driven before."

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The 17-year-old will make his debut at Albert Park this weekend and says he feels fully prepared for the city street circuit after rigorous testing over the winter in the simulator.

"I have been to Australia before, but never to Melbourne," he added. "I only visited Sydney when I was very young and from what I remember it's a nice place to go. I remember seeing my father race of course and now I have driven the Albert Park track quite a few times on the simulator."

The young driver has only contested a handful of races outside of Europe and Melbourne represents a massive step up in competition. Verstappen finished seventh at the Macau Grand Prix in the Formula 3 series last year and also competed in the Florida Winter series during the off-season.