Max Verstappen has described Zandvoort’s banked corners as “very special” after he drove the first lap of the new-look circuit in a 2012 Red Bull RB8.
The Dutchman was present at his ‘home’ circuit to officially open it alongside Sporting Director of the Dutch Grand Prix Jan Lammers.
Speaking after completing a lap, Verstappen said: “All in all, it was very special. I liked it very much. In particular turn three and the last turn, that banking feels very special and there are many different lines that you can take in the turn. Really interesting.
“The nice thing about turn 3 for example, is that it is so banked, that the inside of the corner completely falls away. When you arrive there, you don’t see the inside at all because you are sitting so low in the car. And then…how you take the rest of the turn, that’s really very different from what you’re used to.
“In general, it makes me very proud to drive here. I am really looking forward to the race in Zandvoort. I see the enthusiasm of my fans on the other circuits and it can only get better during the Dutch Grand Prix.”
The Dutch Grand Prix is currently scheduled to take place on May 3rd as the fourth round of the Formula 1 championship following the postponement of the Chinese GP due to the Coronavirus.