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Max Verstappen won the Austrian Grand Prix in the last two years and he has a chance to win in Spielberg this year again. The Dutchman was greatly supported in recent years by the many fans who went to the Red Bull Ring to see the action live. This year, however, due to the corona virus, no fans are allowed to be present at the Grands Prix.
“It will certainly be different without fans, but I also want to get back in the car as soon as possible to go over the track. My training ahead of this race is better than it has ever been”, says the Dutchman in the preview of Red Bull Racing. “I’ve had six weeks to get fit and now I’m in better shape than I originally was in Australia”.
Verstappen is looking forward to the Grands Prix that will be held there. “It’s great that we have the first two races on our home track and that will definitely be special”.
The weekends in Spielberg will be special because of the start of the season, but still it will be very quiet on the track, Verstappen realises.
“It will certainly be different without the ‘orange army’. Normally, there are so many great Dutch fans in Austria. I have a lot of good memories of that. I remember watching the fans at the end of the race last year and they were all cheering. That made me feel so good”.
Still, Verstappen will have to do it this year without that support.
“It’s a huge pity that we won’t have them there this year, but I’m going to try to make it a show for everyone who watches on television at home”, the Dutchman concludes.