Max Verstappen says he can't wait to get going at the Red Bull Ring, calling it an 'old school track', and wants to put in a strong performance to please his Red Bull bosses.
The young Dutch driver suffered a difficult Grand Prix last time out in Canada but is heading to a circuit he and Toro Rosso team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr have experience at from their Formula 3 days.
The 17-year-old grabbed two top five finishes in the three races at Spielberg while competing for Van Amersfoort Racing in the FIA European Formula 3 championship in 2014. Verstappen says he enjoys visiting the Red Bull Ring and will be hunting his second points finish of the year.
“I have always enjoyed driving at this track, especially in the Formula 3 car, which I tested and raced here so I know it quite well,” Verstappen said. “It's a bit of an old-school track, which is the type of circuit I like, so I'm looking forward to going there.
“It's a very nice track in a beautiful location, even if the long straights might not suit us that well. There are some tight corners at the end of the fast sections, which means it can be hard on the brakes.
“Everyone in the team will be keen to get the best result possible at what is the home track for Red Bull.”
The Toro Rosso driver will be hoping he can also put the disappointment of the past couple of races behind him. After coming under heavy scrutiny for a collision in Monaco with Lotus driver Romain Grosjean, his Renault-powered STR10 was left trailing the Mercedes and Ferrari machines at the high speed Canadian track, where he finished a lowly 15th.