Max Verstappen says it will take him a few more race weekends to be completely comfortable after moving to Red Bull.
The new Red Bull driver, who has replaced Daniil Kvyat this weekend, ended the first day of practice less than two-tenths of a second slower than new team mate Daniel Ricciardo.
“I’m happy,” Verstappen said after practice, “for a first day you can’t complain”.
Gaining as much mileage as possible is Verstappen’s priority for now. “We got through a lot of work and did a lot of laps and I think that’s the most important thing for me at the moment,” he said.
“I’m still getting used to the car, I don’t feel its full limit yet. It’s a new car, but I wasn’t nervous this morning, I just wanted to experience the car, I was eager to just go out and drive.”
Verstappen said he is still “learning a lot about the car”.
“The seat position, the steering wheel position, all the switches and the procedures are all completely different to the Toro Rosso, but we are working on it and it’s getting better and better.”
“Red Bull Racing is a good team and I enjoy working with them. If we have a good feeling tomorrow I will do my best and from there on we will see what happens; for sure you need a few weekends to be fully comfortable.”