"Mainly because it's a track where you feel the Formula 1 nature a lot, with a lot of high-speed corners which, with this new generation of cars, is exactly what I enjoy and like the most.
"I love going to Qatar or Abu Dhabi at the end of the season because it starts to get cold in Europe and you can actually get to chill, normally they are also quite relaxing weekends and you can be at the beach in the morning because the race is at night and it's nice."
With Red Bull having already won the 2023 constructors' championship, you'd be forgiven for thinking they may take their eye off the ball a little in the remaining six races of the season.
However, team principal Christian Horner has recently issued a warning to Red Bull that the upcoming sprint weekends (three of the final six races) could cause problems for the team, and that they need to be ready for the challenge Ferrari and Mercedes may bring.
Verstappen needs just three points from the sprint race (finishing 6th or above) to seal his third consecutive world championship before Sunday's race.
Sainz and Ferrari will be hoping that they can once again throw a spanner in the works with their excellent one-lap pace and consistent race performances.
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