The Dutch speedy set a 1:19.511. Despite it being the fastest time a car has driven around the track, which has been completely resurfaced this year.
Previous lap-time record was a 1m19.880s, which was set by Luca Badoer with a Ferrari F2001 16 years ago.
“I finally got some new tyres and it was not really a demonstration run anymore,” Verstappen said.
“I decided to push it a little bit. If you are here with so many fans I think that’s a good idea. It was not easy. But in the end, with three tenths, that’s good enough I think, for today.
“I didn’t expect it because the tyres are quite hard, for demonstration runs. But at least I managed to get one decent lap out of it, so that’s good.”
F1 demonstrations were part of a main fan event organized by Verstappen’s personal sponsor Jumbo for the second year in a row. The past Dutch GP at Zandvoort was held in 1985 and won by Niki Lauda.
— Max Verstappen (@Max33Verstappen) May 20, 2017
“If it was up to me, we’ve have it here already,” Verstappen added.
“Of course, that would be very nice, but there is more to it, like a budget and the infrastructure.A lot needs to be done in order to be able to organise this.”