In a season that will see him visit several circuits for the first time, Max Verstappen heads to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone looking to take advantage of his prior track knowledge.
Fresh from a strong weekend performance at the Austrian Grand Prix, where his eighth place finish lifted him ahead of Toro Rosso team-mate Carlos Sainz in the standings, Verstappen heads to the venue where he made his car racing debut just over a year ago in European Formula 3.
Indeed, despite the attention surrounding his debut then, Verstappen was a podium winner straight away, a result that ultimately paved the way for the wins that would land him an F1 drive in 2015.
Having shown what he can do with the benefit of track experience in Austria, Verstappen is chasing a similarly strong result on British soil.
“I've driven there in Formula 3 and one day of a Renault test, so not that much track time, but a bit more than at some other tracks. It's not an easy track to understand at first, but I found that I improved a lot over the course of a weekend racing there. Hopefully, this weekend I can start again where I left off and improve some more.
“Becketts and Maggots are very important in terms of gaining lap time and it's very important at this circuit to get into a good flowing rhythm. It's high speed, which in terms of the corners will suit our car, although the long straights might see us struggle a little bit.
“It's a great track, so I am really looking forward to the race there. The weather can be a bit strange and the crosswinds can make it really challenging, sometimes requiring completely different set-up from one session to the next."