Max Verstappen believes that the Red Bull Ring is “not the most ideal circuit” for his Red Bull RB12 as he prepares for the team’s home grand prix.
Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz brought Formula 1 back to Austria in 2014 after an 11-year absence, but is yet to see his team score a top-five finish on home soil.
Verstappen joined Red Bull for the Spanish Grand Prix in May, and is relishing the team’s home race next weekend.
“I think Canada and Baku were pretty positive for me. I enjoyed my defence in Canada and was happy with fourth,” Verstappen reflected.
“It was a really good feeling to have Nico behind me and being able to defend my position. In Baku it was a tricky start with a good end.”
However, the Dutchman does fear that the fast-flowing nature of the Red Bull Ring may work against his RB12 car, which excels at low speed and accelerating out of corners.
“It might not be the most ideal circuit for our car in terms of performance but it’s still very enjoyable,” Verstappen said.
“Last year was actually a very good race – I qualified seventh and then eventually finished eighth so it wasn’t too bad.
“I’ve spent a lot of time in Austria since I was a kid, either skiing or there for go-karting, and I think it’s a very beautiful country in general, and somewhere I feel quite at home.”