Red Bull driver Max Verstappen is one of the best talents of his generation. Former F1 world champion Nico Rosberg has even pipped him to give Lewis Hamilton a serious run for his money this season.
Verstappen is someone who enjoys overtaking a lot. He has made a name for himself in this domain, even though it has not always worked out as he would please.
However, the Dutchman insisted that such a skill is tough to execute on the current Formula 1 tracks.
He claimed that Spa-Franchorchamps is one of his favourite tracks, while saying that he has a preference for traditional, fast circuits.
“On one track you can of course overtake easier than on another,” Verstappen said.
“Last year we drove on old school tracks like Imola, Mugello and the Nürburgring. That’s just really nice. At Mugello, for example, I was positively surprised by the overtaking.”
The young Dutchman spoke about how the track in Macau is also an extremely enjoyable one to race on.
“I also loved driving in Macau in 2014 as a Formula 3 driver. But that won’t work with a Formula 1 car,” Verstappen said.
Verstappen said that while overtaking is highly enjoyable, but it is not always possible on certain tracks. In these times, it comes down to strategising.
“If it’s difficult to overtake, you know you’re going to be a bit stuck during some races. Then you have to try a different way. So strategically, trying to overtake someone with a well thought out pit stop,” he said.
“In 2016, you could really overtake someone on the track. Now you still can sometimes, but it’s become a lot harder.”