Connect with us

2017 F1

Verstappen inspired by ‘orange army’

Published

on

The winding hillside roads at Spa-Francorchamps will turn orange wave for Sunday’s Belgian F1 Grand Prix as massive ‘orange army’ flock across the border to cheerfulness on the young F1 sensation Max Verstappen.

The Dutch speedy said that the huge support from the masses of Dutch fans at Spa had really made a difference to his weekend. With the Netherlands being just over 50 kilometers from the Spa, and its considered the home event for Max sensation.

Most of the 100,000 fans visiting Spa-Francorchamps during the weekend are Dutch, with Dutch flags and orange shirts, not unlike those worn by the national football team, a common sight on the grandstands lining the track.

“It is a massive motivation to see so many of them and do well for them,” Verstappen, himself donning an orange cap, told reporters after securing fifth spot on the grid in qualifying on Saturday.

“When you drive back to the pits there are people hanging over the fence, cheering you on, it is great to see.”

Verstappen said he expected to be closer to Mercedes and Ferrari during Sunday’s race and hoped for rain to shake up the grid order.

While Max’s father Jos Verstappen attracted sizeable crowds of zealous fans during his racing career in the mid-1990s and early 2000s, he spent much of his time with lowly-ranked teams such as Simtek, Arrows and Minardi after a short-lived stint as Michael Schumacher’s team mate at Benetton.

Max, born to a Belgian mother, became the first Dutchman to ever win an F1 race with his victory in Spain last year and is considered by some to be a future world champion, significantly increasing the level of excitement among fans.

“Reports are coming in that Holland is empty. Tourists in Amsterdam awoke on Wednesday to discover everyone Dutch had left,” Red Bull wrote in a tongue-in-cheek report on their website.

In 2016, the Dutch fans had little to cheer about in Belgium as Verstappen qualified on the front row but tangled with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel at the start and finished a disappointing 11th.

Departing from fifth grid position in Sunday’s race, Verstappen will once again have to stay clear of traffic on Spa’s tricky first corner, an almost 180-degree bend.

“It was quite disappointing for all those fans that turned up when his race was effectively over within 50 or 60 metres and we’re hoping that it will last a little bit longer this year,” said Red Bull team principal Christian Horner.

Source:- Reuters.com

Loading...

Comments

Latest Results




Latest F1 News

2018 F126 mins ago

Hamilton and Vettel Battling For The F1 Title

The British Grand Prix at Silverstone is one that Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have dominated for years and that trend...

2018 F13 days ago

Can Red Bull Challenge Mercedes And Ferrari?

24SharesSo, things didn’t exactly go to plan for Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes at Silverstone as the Brit made a disastrous...

2018 F14 days ago

Liberty working on securing future of British GP – Brawn

5SharesRoss Brawn says Liberty Media is working on securing the future of the British grand prix. Silverstone owner the BRDC...

2018 F14 days ago

Grosjean form ‘unacceptable’ – Haas F1

1ShareGunther Steiner says a “critical moment” could come amid his patience with struggling Haas driver Romain Grosjean. Frenchman Grosjean has...

2018 F14 days ago

No ‘negotiations’ with Raikkonen yet – McLaren

35Shares Zak Brown says McLaren has not yet opened contract talks with former team driver Kimi Raikkonen. It is rumoured in...

2018 F14 days ago

Wolff wants Hamilton beyond 2020

657SharesToto Wolff has revealed he wants to keep Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes even beyond 2020. Although not yet announced, it...

2018 F14 days ago

Renault engine power deficit a bigger problem – Verstappen

5SharesMax Verstappen says Red Bull’s title chances have taken a dive. Although the Dutchman won in Austria, he says at...

2018 F16 days ago

Ricciardo admits 2019 Red Bull contract ‘likely’

1ShareDaniel Ricciardo now says it is “likely” he will stay at Red Bull in 2019. Earlier, the Red Bull driver...

2018 F16 days ago

Alonso no fan of proposed expand points system

44SharesFernando Alonso says he is not sure changing the points system is a good move for F1. Over the British...

2018 F16 days ago

Renault felt like F2 engine – Verstappen

105SharesMax Verstappen says he feels as though he has been relegated to Formula 2. In the Honda era, Fernando Alonso...




Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media