Verstappen excited for China overtaking chances

Max Verstappen is hoping for plenty of overtaking opportunities during the upcoming Chinese Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver claimed P3 and a spot on the podium in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, before following that up with P4 in Bahrain.

Daniel Ricciardo claimed victory for the team in China last year, taking advantage of a fresh set of tyres to carve his way through the field.

Now, Verstappen will look to let the RB15 loose around the unique Shanghai International Circuit.

“The Chinese Grand Prix is always a good one for racing because the track gives you a lot of opportunities for overtaking, so I’m looking forward to hopefully having an exciting race there,” Verstappen said in Red Bull’s preview of the Chinese Grand Prix.

“The first sector is really nice because you can take a lot of different lines through the long right-hander so it can be quite interesting during the race in terms of trying to stay out of the dirty air.”

His team-mate Pierre Gasly says he is unfamiliar with the track having raced there for the first time with Toro Rosso in 2018.

He hopes to build on an improved performance in Bahrain where he claimed his first points as a Red Bull driver.

“I’m really excited to go racing again for the third round of the season,” he explained.

“China is not actually a place I really know well and last year was my first race there but I’m looking forward to going back.

“Shanghai is a really special track with the long back straight and the technical part of the beginning. Now we just need to keep the improvements we’ve made from one race to another and hopefully we’ll be able to find some performance and fight for even better points.

“Red Bull took its first victory in China and this year’s race is also F1’s 1000th Grand Prix, so it will be a special weekend.”

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