Verstappen Rates Shanghai International Circuit Ahead Of Chinese Grand Prix

Wednesday, 17 April 2024 at 21:00
verstappen max redbull rbcp144
Max Verstappen shared his thoughts through his official website ahead of this week's Chinese Grand Prix- the first sprint weekend of the season.
Max Verstappen is the leader in the Drivers' Championship heading into the fifth round of the 2024 season. He currently stands in P1, 13 points ahead of his teammate Sergio Perez in P2 and 18 points ahead of Charles Leclerc in P3.
The Dutchman won the most recent race at the Suzuka circuit, and as there was a one-week break, he got some time to spend with his family and friends. He said:

"It was great to bring home the win in Suzuka. I've stayed in Tokyo for a few days and it has been good to spend some more time in Japan with family and friends."

Chinese Grand Prix will be the first Sprint weekend of the season, bringing a massive challenge. F1 teams have not raced at Shanghai International Circuit for years.
Consequently, no team has as much data as they would have liked on how to set up their car, so it will be essential for drivers to make the most out of their one-hour practice session before the Sprint race weekend begins.

"We are looking forward to China as it is going to present a challenge ahead of us, especially with it being a sprint weekend."

"As we have not raced at this track since 2019, and with the one practice session, it will be all about ensuring we have set the car up in the best way we can and managing our tires."

While the 26-year-old previously suggested that making the Chinese Grand Prix a sprint weekend wasn't the "smartest thing to do" from the driver's perspective, he acknowledges that it will be an interesting race for F1 fans.

"This added element creates more excitement for the fans, which is good, and the team has been working hard to prepare."

The Dutchman also shared his thoughts on the circuit layout itself. He more or less agreed with Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz, who suggested that Shanghai International Circuit is probably on the list of favorite tracks for most drivers.

"Shanghai International Circuit is a great racing track and has a unique layout, with tricky corners and the long straights presenting lots of opportunities for overtaking. I have always loved driving at this circuit so we look forward to seeing what this weekend brings."