Max Verstappen expressed his desire for a rewarding qualifying at his home Grand Prix at Zandvoort, as Formula 1 returns to the Dutch circuit for the first time since 1985, with approximately 70,000 fans on home soil.
While the circuit is notorious for being poor for overtaking opportunities, the Dutchman said that each lap performance will be quick yet rewarding and that there is no room for error, given the circumstances.
“I’m really looking forward to the race at Zandvoort,” Verstappen admitted. “It will be special to have a race in the Netherlands in front of my home crowd but also as a driver it’s a good challenge to go to a new circuit and find the limit in an F1 car.
“As for the track, it might be a little hard to overtake on but for single-lap performance, I think it’s going to be rewarding. The qualifying laps will be very quick there so any mistakes will be really costly.
“After the race was canceled last year this year will be even more special and of course it would be amazing to win on another home circuit in front of the Orange Army.”
While Verstappen is not completely unfamiliar with Zandvoort, having won the 2014 Formula 3 Masters race there, he felt that with the recent updates, including the final banked corner, Zandvoort should prove to be a formidable high-speed circuit.
“I’ve also been there a few times with Red Bull for show runs in an old F1 car, so I have driven a few laps on the updated track in an F1 car which could be useful on the first few laps,” Verstappen added.
“Already in the F3 car, the corners were really enjoyable and they were pretty fast so I’m excited to race again in the F1 car with even more grip.”