Cape Town - With a limited number of days for pre-season testing, Max
Verstappen reckons the "most important thing" is to get off to a
2018's pre-season is once again limited to just eigth days
out on track, starting on February 26.
The drivers usually alternate days meaning Verstappen and
Daniel Ricciardo will each have a mere four days of running.
As such the Dutchman acknowledges that getting in full days
in a reliable car are all vital.
In an interview with his website, the Red Bull driver as
asked if he would know during testing whether he had a good car, or not, on his
He replied: "That’s exactly it: normally it gives you
an impression of where you are at the beginning of the year.
"But the most important thing is to test the
reliability and to see how the car behaves during the tests."
Pressed on that, he stated that it is within the first few
laps that he gets an impression of the car.
"After the first day definitely," he said.
Looking ahead to the upcoming season, the Dutchman admits
he's hopeful given Red Bull's strong finish to 2017.
"Yes [he is hopefully], we still need to of course wait
and see how competitive we are with the new car and engine," he stated.
"But being a driver, you always need to have faith in
yourself, I think."
There is, however, one big change to the sport this season
as Halo is making its debut.
The added weight has once again forced some drivers to go on
a diet, but not Max.
“I don’t have anymore weight to lose!" he said.
"It’s quite simple: I just need to stay as is."