Formula 1 young sensation Max Verstappen has fond memories of the Hungarian Grand Prix and is aiming for a podium finish at this weekend’s race at the Hungaroring.
The 18-year-old Dutchman was driving for Toro Rosso this time last year and achieved his best result of the season at the Hungaroring, finishing in a fine fourth place.
Verstappen trails third-placed Ricciardo by 16 points and says his target for this season is to beat his team-mate to ‘best of the rest’ behind the Mercedes drivers.
Verstappen trails third-placed Daniel Ricciardo by 16 points in the drivers’ championship and believes he has the car, the talent and the form to outpace both Ferraris and his Red Bull teammate Ricciardo in Sunday’s race at the Hungaroring.
“Last year (with Toro Rosso) was good here,” he told reporters at a news conference on Thursday.
“We had some luck to finish fourth with a drive-through. This year we are aiming for more than fourth so hopefully we can be on the podium.”
Verstappen only joined Red Bull in May this season, having been promoted from Toro Rosso to replace Daniil Kvyat, and he has already enjoyed three podium finishes, including a stunning victory in his maiden Red Bull outing at the Spanish Grand Prix.
“We are pretty close, so we will see where we end up at the end of the season,” he said. “It will be between third or sixth –- hopefully.
“You try to do the best possible race every race and we’ll see after Abu Dhabi where we are.”
“The car can be very strong here, I think,” said Verstappen.
“I am definitely looking forward to the weekend. We’ve been strong even on tracks where I didn’t expect it so now it is about set-up and improving through the practice sessions.”