Purple Bull driver Max Verstappen is seeking to shrug off latest setbacks and get again to race-winning methods this weekend as Components 1 returns from its summer time shutdown on the Belgian Grand Prix.
Verstappen had been constructing a formidable lead within the drivers championship till incidents at first of the British and Hungarian Grand Prix allowed Lewis Hamilton to regain the higher hand.
Three weeks on from Budapest, Verstappen is eager to get again to successful methods once more at one among his favorite tracks on the calendar – regardless that he is by no means gained at Spa and even led a lap there.
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“I’m after all excited to return to Spa, it’s my favorite monitor and it’s actually cool to drive with so many excessive pace corners and elevation modifications,” he mentioned in Purple Bull’s pre-race preview this week.
“I’m additionally wanting ahead to seeing all of the followers who can be coming to help us and it will likely be cool to see a lot orange within the grandstands once more as they couldn’t be there final yr.
“I additionally assume it’s a good place to re-set our championship struggle, and I’m effectively ready and feeling good forward of the weekend.”
Purple Bull’s prospects have been remodeled by its engine partnership with Honda. This weekend marks their fiftieth race collectively, though the Japanese producer will go away F1 on the finish of the present season.
“These 50 races with Honda will all the time be particular and effectively remembered after we look again,” Verstappen mentioned. “After all the primary win with Honda [in Austria 2019] will all the time be essentially the most emotional reminiscence throughout our time collectively.
“I’ve loved working with Honda from the beginning. They’ve all the time been straight speaking and delivered what we have now anticipated.
“They spend a number of time discussing every thing with the Group and us as drivers which has been crucial.
“Hopefully we are able to finish this season on a excessive with them earlier than they go away the game,” he added.
This weekend’s race additionally marks the beginning of an intense interval of racing with races within the Netherlands and Italy following on consecutive weekends.
“A triple header is a number of races in a row nevertheless it’s the identical for everybody and there are a number of enjoyable tracks coming as much as stay up for,” famous Verstappen who within the circumstances was understandably completely satisfied to have put his break day to good use.
“My summer time break was good, it was good to have a couple of weeks off to relaxation a bit and naturally it was cool to spend a while on the jet skis. It’s a number of enjoyable being on the water!” he laughed. “[But] it feels good to be again.”
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