Verstappen returns to the Netherlands in search of fourth consecutive victory

It will be great to have my family by my side to support me

It will be great to have my family by my side to support me

Faced with an Orange army dedicated to their cause, ‘Mad Max’ predicts a “pretty crazy” weekend: “It will be great to have my family by my side to support me, I’m just going to enjoy the weekend with all the fans”.

He will try to prevail in Zandvoort, whose name marked the history of the highest category of motorsport with thirty races between 1952 and 1985. He returned to the calendar last year.

Verstappen, current world champion, raised his arms last weekend at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps, in neighboring Belgium, the country where he was born and where his mother comes from.

In a performance to remember, he started from 14th after being penalized for an engine change and was able to take his Red Bull to the top of the standings.

With his victory, the third in a row and the ninth of the season, Verstappen struck a blow in his race to renew the world title, relegating his first pursuer, his Mexican Red Bull teammate Sergio Pérez, to almost 100 points. On Sunday the 15th test of the season of a total of 22 will be held.

Pérez took advantage of his second place in Belgium to regain second place in the World Cup to the detriment of Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), leader at the beginning of the season, now third, 98 points behind Verstappen.

Despite his wide lead, the Dutchman is cautious: “There are a lot more supports on the ground (than at Spa-Francorchamps), so it will be more difficult for us to be dominant, I think the Ferraris will be strong there”.

But the Scuderia has no illusions in the general classification. “The championship certainly looks extremely difficult because of the pace that they (Red Bull) have,” Leclerc acknowledged.

Ferrari continues to lose ground in the Constructors’ World Championship. Before hitting the tarmac in the Netherlands he is 118 points second to Red Bull.