After his 2022 title defence got off to the worst possible start in Bahrain, defending World Champion Max Verstappen knows it is a long season, and is ready to get back to winning ways at the FORMULA 1 STC SAUDI ARABIAN GRAND PRIX 2022.
“Last weekend was a tough one for all of us to take, we win and lose as a team and we’ll come back stronger this week. We have a good package and we were competitive in Bahrain, so there are positives to take from the weekend, and we have a very long season ahead – it’s only the first race. Looking ahead to Saudi, the track is still very new for us, last year the humidity was challenging and they’ve made some small adjustments to visibility in sector one so I’m curious to see how it’s going to be this time around. It’s a really quick track with high speed straights and this year the cars are slightly heavier so it’s going to be really interesting to see how they will perform. I’m really looking forward to it, it should be enjoyable!”
“I am looking forward to getting back in the car this weekend. Bahrain was difficult, I was one lap away from starting the season on the podium but I am confident in this Team and we will work together to overcome it. The positive thing is it’s a long season ahead, we have a quick car and I felt very competitive throughout the race. I am hoping to take that pace and utilise it from qualifying through to Sunday in Jeddah. Last season’s race there was crazy, it is a very challenging track and will be even more so in the new cars. Unfortunately, I didn’t finish the race in 2021 so I want a clean race and to show the full potential of this car.”