Max Verstappen is curious to see the new track layout at the upcoming Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix.
The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya will look a little different for the 2023 event after a chicane before the final corner – introduced back in 2007 – was removed, returning the Turns 14-15 section of the track to its original layout.
Other changes have also been made at the venue, including new TECPRO barriers in high-speed corners and additional safety features.
Verstappen – who claimed his first F1 victory in Barcelona in 2016 – is looking forward to returning to the circuit, which has been a regular feature on the Formula 1 calendar for many years.
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Verstappen interested to see new layout
"I'm looking forward to going back to a track that we all know so well," Verstappen explained ahead of the race weekend.
"I'm also interested to see the new layout for the last two corners. Of course, I have great memories from this circuit, especially winning my first Formula 1 race there.
"Outside of the track, Barcelona is a great city too, I enjoy this weekend, it's a good place to be.
"Hopefully we'll have some nice weather to throw into the mix too."
Verstappen arrives into the seventh round of the 2023 F1 season with a 39-point lead over Sergio Perez in the World Championship standings, while Red Bull hold a 129-point advantage over Aston Martin in the Constructors'.