Max Verstappen: “Dr. Marko’s fitness-programme is working!“

The long-awaited start of the 2017 season of Formula 1 has already shown one thing: There’s a young driver that will have be watched: Max Verstappen. The 19-year-old Dutchman from Red Bull Racing now visited the Styrian capital of Graz with Dr. Helmut Markko and gave his view of the new season.

Verstappen directly behind Mercedes and Ferrari

He is the youngest F1-driver of all time, the youngest winner of all time and the youngster has earned himself huge respect for his uncompromising and successful style during his first season in 2016. Verstappen knows how to get attention by showing great racing and spectacular overtaking-moves. He was therefore honoured for the “FIA action of the year” and as the “FIA personality of the year”. At the opener of the season in Melbourne, Verstappen frequently attacked the top-teams of Mercedes and Ferrari and positioned himself as the number-one-hunter on place number five. Only a couple of days later the Red-Bull-Racing-driver visited Graz with Dr. Helmut Marko – here is what he said:

Max Verstappen about …

… the season-opener: “It’s difficult to overtake in Australia. China, with the long straights, should make that easier. Our car is very efficient on the straights.

… the RB13: “The new car is definitely more fun than last year. Speed in the turns is higher. I got a special fitness-programm from Dr. Marko before the season, worked hard and am stronger than last year.

… the Formula Unas: “You have ten minutes of time before the start. Of course you look at the Formula Unas – that’s just normal (laughs)!”

… the Red Bull Ring: “I like the track at the Red Bull Ring. Long straights and plenty of turns. Finishing second last year was pretty good. But it is always my goal to do things better than last time. I will always give my best.”

Helmut Marko about …

… the “Formula 1 Großer Preis von Österreich 2017”: “Hospitality and friendliness, with which guests are welcomed at the Spielberg, is the most important thing. Alain Prost is still talking about a female innkeeper in Obdach, that served him milk for breakfast. It’s going to be a three-day-long spectacle for all the fans, the crowd will be closer to the event and closer to the drivers.”

… the season-opener: “To be honest, we didn’t live up to our expectations in Australia. We lacked a little time for fine-tuning. Mercedes is not as dominant as they were last season, while Ferrari so far surely has the fastest car. I expect a three-way-fight at the top again. For this we have the young Max Verstappen, who showed some very skilled moves last year. Just remember the start at the Red Bull Ring.”

A great framework programme awaits spectators during the entire weekend

Many Formula 1 enthusiasts already eagerly await the premier class’ fourth visit to Styria. This “Friendly Motorsports Festival” remains true to its motto as the framework programme in the shade of the Spielberg offers racing up close. Apart from the Ö3 concerts, it will once again include autograph sessions with drivers and team bosses, the traditional Legends Parade, a Public Pitlane Walk as well as air and stunt shows. Accompanied by an adult holding a valid ticket, children up to the age of 14 can access the area free of charge.

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