Max Verstappen says he is looking forward to the winter break after a long season comes to an end in Abu Dhabi. The Red Bull driver is expecting a calmer paddock than most of the year with the 'end of school' feel well underway after Brazil.
Speaking ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Verstappen said he was happy the season was coming to an end at the Yas Marina venue due to the relaxed atmosphere it generates.
“After a busy few races I think everyone looks forward to getting to Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. "The nice weather and a more relaxed feel in the paddock means everyone is smiling.
“Once the race is done the team can relax a bit, and have some well-earned downtime. We of course have testing shortly after but I will definitely try to chill out and get some sun on the Monday.
“Before we know it, we’ll be testing and working hard towards 2019 throughout the winter, which is very exciting."
The Dutchman also added the unique features of the Yas Marina Circuit made for a special ending to the season.
“Apart from being the last race of the year, Abu Dhabi is always a special one due to the atmosphere. The crowds are big and noisy, and being a sunset race adds to the unique feeling.
“The track itself is fun to drive, passing the yachts in the final sector has a similar feel to Monaco, but it’s not as tight. There are some long straights that do not really play to our strong points but we will try to make up for this in the twisty sectors.”