Red Bull driver Max Verstappen didn’t mince his words when it came to the Portimao circuit, saying he was looking forward to the next race after not liking the Algarve circuit.

Verstappen came second in the Portuguese Grand Prix, behind Lewis Hamilton, who he now trails in the world championship by 8 points coming into Spain, where Mercedes have historically been dominant.

Speaking after the race, Verstappen said he hoped F1 doesn’t return to Portimao, as he didn’t enjoy the grip situation.

“So first of all, I hope we don’t come back. Barcelona is good, it’s a nice track for an F1 car. And I think we’ll see more of how the progression of the teams have been from the start of the season to today.”

Christian Horner weighed into the conversation by believing Barcelona will show who is where on the F1 table.

“I think he’s been frustrated by the lack of grip and the conditions. But that’s obviously the same for everybody.”

“As we progress into the summer, Barcelona next weekend, if it’s normal conditions, again, there’s so much data from that circuit and it’s a combination of medium, high-speed and low-speed corners, I think again, the picture is starting to clarify,” he said.

“You can see Red Bull and Mercedes are the two stand-out teams and Lewis and Max are the two stand-out drivers. And I think it’s just going to be really tight with the development race between the two teams over the course of the year.”

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