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Miami Grand Prix: Max Verstappen can’t wait to touch tarmac

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Formula 1 World Champion Max Verstappen is excited at the prospect of hitting a new track for the first time at this weekend’s Miami Grand Prix.

Verstappen is eager to get a good look at the track from the cockpit of his Red Bull, having only experienced it on a simulator.

Max Verstappen raring to go at Miami Grand Prix

The Dutchman is excited to see F1 breaking new ground in the USA.

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Red Bull Racing’s Dutch driver Max Verstappen waves to the fans after winning the sprint qualifying of the Formula One Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna. Photo: EPA/SANNA

“I think this weekend is going to be pretty crazy! I’m looking forward to racing in Miami, I’ve driven the track on the simulator and we’ve practiced and prepared as much as we can without visiting the track in real life. 

“I love racing in Austin so it’s fun that we get to go to another state and race this year. 

“It’s exciting to see Formula One getting much bigger in the US, F1 and the teams are working hard to promote the sport in the US and we’re having more and more races here, so step by step we are making it more popular. 

“I also think it helps now the cars are finding it easier to follow and overtake each other and more teams are competing for wins, I think that’s the most important thing for the fans. 

“I hope that it’s going to be an exciting weekend, Miami is a really nice city and I think it’s a really interesting location to hold a Grand Prix, I think not only the drivers are excited, but the fans too.”

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Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez is hoping for a big group of supporters.

“I am excited to be heading to Miami this week, it is great that the calendar is expanding more in America, which is a lot closer to home for me and one day I might end up living there! 

“It is a great market for Formula One and I am sure there will be a lot of Latin Americans and Mexicans at the race, so hopefully I get a lot of support and it will be a very important race for the Team both on and off the track. 

“These busier races are hard to manage but the Team do an incredible job at making sure Max and I can focus on our driving. 

“I found the new circuit fun on the simulator and it can potentially be a good place for racing with those very long straights, I think choosing the right downforce level will be the biggest challenge for all the teams.  

“I am now fighting for poles and podiums every week, which is great motivation to keep pushing and keep focus. I just want more week after week, and I am looking forward to seeing what we can do in Miami.”

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