Max Verstappen enjoyed a successful debut in the second round of the BP Supercars All Stars Eseries as he secured a hat-trick of podium finishes.
Verstappen who continues to get his racing kicks away from Formula 1’s official Virtual Grand Prix series, was a wildcard entry for the online Supercars racing series, and engaged in some friendly pre-race banter with his team-mate Shane van Gisbergen, who had dubbed him ‘Mark Verstappen’, referencing Mark Webber being number two driver to Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull.
Max would live up to that nickname with three consecutive P2 finishes at the Circuit de Catalunya and Silverstone, but that does not detract anything away from his performances in a Red Bull-liveried Holden car he is not completely familiar with.
“I’m still getting used to it, I’m definitely not the best in this car,” Verstappen said.
“Actually from my feeling, I’m struggling a bit in it. But it’s fun, it’s really cool. Luckily the tracks [for the second round] I know, so that helps a bit.
“[The issues are] nailing the grip, unlocking wheels, and having wheelspin out of the corner, I’m still not really good on blipping the throttle so I’m using the auto-blip at the moment. Probably there is a bit of time in that.”
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Although Verstappen missed out on the top step of the podium, he is ready to enter the next round which will see the drivers tackle the Bathurst 1000.
“Oh my God,” said Verstappen. “Alright, well let’s see what’s possible in the coming weeks, but it was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it.
“It was a lot of fun.
“These cars are definitely not easy to drive and to be able to team up with Shane and with Jamie was a lot of fun and actually, to be three times second is not a bad result.
“Twice a one-two for Red Bull so that’s good.”