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Published: 10:58 | 20/8/16

Verstappen expects 2017 improvement

Youngster looking forward to 'knowing' Red Bull machine

Max Verstappen believes that he will be a stronger racer in 2017, when the teenager will enter his first full season as a driver with Red Bull's senior team.

Having competed in the opening four events of the current season with Red Bull's junior outfit, Toro Rosso, Verstappen was promoted to the top squad ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix, with Daniil Kvyat moving in the opposite direction.

The Dutchman went on to claim a sensational victory at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, and he has outscored Daniel Ricciardo by five points in their eight races as team-mates.

Verstappen, however, expects to be an even stronger force next year.

"I think the most important thing is (to) just be yourself and focus on what can be done better," the 18-year-old told F1i.com.

"The procedures were just so new to me; even doing that race (in Spain), I was not using the full potential of the tools I had - all those kind of things.

"So, I’m still learning, I'm still improving, and I don’t think it's just in terms of pace; it's everything around to get to a certain pace. It’s like getting all the little bits together to extract one more tenth or two more tenths.

“It's not the driving … because I know how to drive the car right now. From there on, it’s just building experience.

"The thing is, I don’t have the data from myself from last year in this team, so I always have to rely on old data. With Toro Rosso, when I came to the first four races, I knew what I was doing - I was like, ‘this I’ve experienced last year’. The car is not that much different, at the end of the day, so you know how to work and you know which direction to go.

"Here, it’s all new. They give you a direction and you have to work in that direction. When you have the experience from last year, maybe you want to go in a slightly different direction, because you know how to drive the car, you know how you like the car, and sometimes you have to swap a bit, but that will only get better and better.

"Next year, whenever I come back, it is a new car, but you have a bit more feeling to it, and that will definitely help."

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