Verstappen gaining confidence with STR9

By on Friday, November 7, 2014
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Max Verstappen says he is getting more comfortable with the Toro Rosso STR9 after he received his third practice session with the team in Brazil.

Verstappen went sixth fastest in the opening practice session at Interlagos, despite both he and third-placed Daniil Kvyat struggling from a lack of grip in the car.

At one point Verstappen went wide at the Senna S and had to re-join the circuit using an access road.

"At the beginning the track was quite slippery, especially when you went off the racing line, so I think the tyres will be a key factor this weekend," said the 17-year-old Dutch racer.

"I enjoyed today as always and this track is very nice to drive. Every time I get in the car I feel more comfortable, lap by lap I get a better understanding of its behaviour. We have made a few changes from Austin to here, for example in the steering, which I now feel is more to my liking.

"This meant I could try and find the limit a bit more than in the past weekends. I’m quite satisfied with my job and I like working with this team very much. We are starting to know each other better and they understand better what I want from the car, my driving style, and the set up becomes easier. I think I had a good practice session and it’s great to see that both our cars were very competitive."

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