Fast forward a year and Verstappen is no longer a test and reserve driver for the team but a fully-fledged Grand Prix racer with 15 starts already under his belt. Now he's looking forward to having a proper crack at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas this weekend under full race conditions.
"I have good memories of Austin, as last year I did a Friday practice session there and it was all very exciting," Verstappen confirmed. "It's a great track, with a lot of elevation changes and fast corners. I really enjoyed driving there."
The Belgian-Dutch driver, who turned 18 just three weeks ago which meant that he was finally able to pass his road driving test and pick up a proper license to go with his Formula One superlicence equivalent, said that he'd been having a quiet time relaxing in preparation to the upcoming back-to-back events in the US and Mexico.
"I've also trained, been on the sim and spent some time with my family and friends," he said. "I also went to Hockenheim at the weekend for the final round of the DTM, it was great fun."
But his time watching on as a spectator is over: "Now it's our turn to go racing!" he said, with a big smile on his face at the prospect.
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