F1 will stage back-to-back races on the Pink Bull Ring over the subsequent two weekends, beginning with the Styrian Grand Prix on 27 June earlier than the Austrian Grand Prix on four July.
Pink Bull has historically fared nicely at its house race, with Verstappen taking victory in each the 2018 and 2019 editions.
The Dutchman at the moment leads Lewis Hamilton by 12 factors on the prime of the drivers’ championship, profitable two of the final three races, together with a late victory at Paul Ricard – a monitor the place Mercedes has historically excelled.
It has given Pink Bull a lift because it fights to win its first F1 titles since 2013, and serves as an opportunity to construct on its leads within the subsequent two races.
However Verstappen remained cautious of the menace that Mercedes would pose in Austria, saying Pink Bull’s previous victories counted for nothing this time round.
“I am wanting ahead to it, to begin with, after all as a result of it is like a house grand prix,” Verstappen mentioned.
“We have had good outcomes previously but it surely’s not a assure. We have now to once more arrange the automobile nicely there and skim the circumstances nicely.
“I do not know what the climate goes to be like, so I am wanting ahead to it. I am for positive anticipating it to be shut once more however yeah, we’ll discover out once we are there.”
Max Verstappen, Pink Bull Racing
Photograph by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images
Mercedes received each races in Austria final 12 months as Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton took one victory apiece to open the delayed 2020 season.
However the staff returns to the Pink Bull Ring after a slender defeat at Paul Ricard that noticed Pink Bull seem to make an enormous step ahead with its straight-line efficiency.
Hamilton felt that Mercedes needed to take advantage of the brief break between France and Styria to attempt to perceive the velocity deficit, so it could possibly be in a greater place to take the battle to Pink Bull.
“It is a power-hungry circuit, it is obtained these lengthy, lengthy straights so we might see one thing just like this weekend, clearly with the straight-line velocity of the Pink Bull,” Hamilton mentioned after the race.
“However we have got three days to attempt to see if we will make any changes and enhancements, and perhaps if we maximise completely all the things, perhaps we may give them a run for his or her cash.”