Max Verstappen has taken advantage of invaluable prior knowledge of the Red Bull Ring to turn in a top ten performance during free practice for the Austrian Grand Prix.

The first of just four venues this season that he has previously experienced in a racing car during the European F3 Championship, the young Dutchman was eighth fastest in both sessions driving a slightly upgraded Scuderia Toro Rosso.

Indeed, Verstappen believes he could have been faster had he not had traffic on his fastest lap and is confident about his chances heading to qualifying.

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I think the day started off well. We had some new updates, so we used the first practice to test them and I was quite happy with the session. It was important to complete lots of laps in the morning and we then made the right choice for FP2.

"The lap times were not too bad on both the soft and supersoft tyres. It's a shame that I got held up in the last sector on Options, if not I could've ended higher up, so I'm happy with today. I also like this track and driving here in an F1 car is even better!"