Red Bull driver believes the biggest challenge that he will need to be careful about at the Australian Grand Prix is the dust on the track.
Verstappen will be looking to make it successive race wins this season when the drivers line up at Albert Park.
The Dutchman will be buoyed by the nature of his win over Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, whom he was behind for a big part of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, before fashioning a late win.
He spoke about how he will need to adjust to the dust which is often a big factor at the Australian Grand Prix.
“It’s going to be interesting to see how the car performs in Australia, the track can sometimes be quite dusty,” Verstappen said.
“I hope we can have another smooth weekend as a team, so let’s see what happens on Sunday.”
The Albert Park race venue has undergone a number of changes in its two-year absence.
The intention behind this has been to make for more interesting racing with plenty of overtaking opportunities.
The biggest change, perhaps, is at the old turn nine-10 chicane, which has been removed altogether and replaced with a DRS zone.
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When the last race took place in Australia back in 2019, Verstappen managed to finish on the podium.
Verstappen said he expects a far more exciting race in Melbourne this time around, largely due to the changes that have been implemented.
“I am really looking forward to racing in Australia again, it’s been a while,” Verstappen said.
“The atmosphere is always so good there too. It will be interesting to see the track updates.
“I think they will make quite a big difference, especially in turn six where the most significant change has happened. There should be more overtaking opportunities now too which is always positive.”
Verstappen is currently third in the drivers’ standings, behind the Ferrari duo of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.
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