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Published: 15:55 | 21/6/18

Verstappen's concerns about French Grand Prix

Max Verstappen acknowledges that Red Bull is less suited to power-hungry circuits that consist of more long straights than other sides are.

The Dutchman was speaking ahead of the return of the French Grand Prix in Le Castellet. Verstappen, 24, insists that it is not wholly known or not whether Red Bull will be able to challenge for a win at the first Grand Prix to be held in France for a decade.

Red Bull’s engine power deficit means Verstappen couldn’t get near race-winner Sebastian Vettel in Canada a fortnight ago, although he did come close to troubling the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas towards the race’s conclusion.

The Dutchman had to settle for a third-placed finish.

"I have never actually raced at Paul Ricard so it will be a new track for me,” Verstappen said ahead of this weekend.

“I did the wet weather test there but we only used a few of the same corners and after that they changed the lay-out a little bit. 

“It’s always a challenge going to a new circuit and I’m looking forward to it.

"I think lots of drivers actually haven’t driven there, only the younger drivers in lower formulas, not myself, but the other ones have all driven there. 

“It’s quite close to home, I’m looking forward to seeing a new Grand Prix weekend and I think it’s also good to have a race in France as there are many fans there.

"From what I have seen it is a power track with long straights but there are still a few corners in there where we can make a difference.

“It’s all a bit unknown, so we will have to see when we get there."

The French Grand Prix at Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, near Marseille will be shown live on eir Sport 1 on Sunday, 24 June [start time 3.10pm Irish time].

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