Thuesday, 21 august 2018, 05:12 , by Martin Macdonald
Max Verstappen thinks that a Grand Prix victory in Spa in Belgium this weekend would be right up there with his win in Austria earlier in the campaign, as it would effectively be claiming the flag at home for the 20-year-old who was born in Belgium.
Although Verstappen proudly flies the Dutch flag, he was born 100km away from the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium, and this makes racing there "special" for him.
“Racing at Spa is always special,” Verstappen assured.
“I was born just an hour down the road so it is pretty much a home race for me.
“You can see by the orange crowds and campsites full of Dutch caravans that the fans come out in force, this only adds to the home race feel. The win in Austria was amazing as it was Red Bull’s home race and there was a massive Dutch following.
“To win in Spa would be similar, orange and flags everywhere. I hope we can make them smile this year.”
Spa is one of the more unconventional circuits on the F1 calendar as a portion of it runs through the forest, and Verstappen has revealed his favourite part of the course, as well as providing a snack tip for fans!
“The track is set in the forest which makes it different to drive from other circuits," the Red Bull driver continued.
"Eau Rouge is of course special but my favourite part is Pouhon, the fast lefts feel really nice.
“While at Spa you have to try the waffles and frites, they are a tradition and delicious.”