Lack of track time doesn’t worry Verstappen

Despite not having much track time around Silverstone, Max Verstappen feels he will settle in as the weekend progresses. 

The Toro Rosso driver, who at 17 is the youngest driver in the paddock, has only really driven at the circuit during his Formula 3 career. He also had one day of testing for Renault.

"I've driven there in Formula 3 and one day of a Renault test, so not that much track time," he said.

The iconic circuit, loved by many drivers, has a number of important sections that, when mastered, help to improve lap times.

Verstappen believes that the legendary corners at Becketts and Maggots are such sections. 

"Becketts and Maggots are very important in terms of gaining lap time and it’s very important at this circuit to get into a good flowing rhythm."

As when he raced Formula 3 here, Verstappen feels his laptimes will improve as he comes to grips with the track. Verstappen noted that setting up his STR-10 correctly will be of the utmost importance, especially if there are crosswinds. 

"It’s not an easy track to understand at first, but I found that I improved a lot over the course of a weekend racing there. Hopefully, this weekend I can start again where I left off and improve some more."

"The crosswinds can make it really challenging, sometimes requiring completely different set-up from one session to the next," he added.

The Dutchman also believes certain aspects of Silverstone will suit the Toro Rosso, especially the high speed corners.

He concedes that on the longer sections, the car will struggle however. 

"It’s high speed, which in terms of the corners will suit our car, although the long straights might see us struggle a little bit."