Verstappen: I don't want the season to end
20 November 2017 – Max Verstappen says that he does not want the 2017 campaign to end, as he approaches this weekend's finale in Abu Dhabi off the back of several strong results.
Verstappen recorded just one podium finish over the first half of the season, as he endured a run of five retirements from seven events, amid reliability issues and incidents.
But he bounced back after the summer break to take commanding victories in Malaysia and Mexico, and also finish a close second to Lewis Hamilton in Japan.
Given his recent successes, aided by Red Bull's progress over the course of the year, Verstappen explained that he would rather continue racing.
"We will of course try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi," said Verstappen.
"Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tyres to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.
"[It] is the last race on the calendar, but I don't actually want the season to end. I'm really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.
"The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back in to training before it all starts again."
On the characteristics of the Yas Marina Circuit, he added: "I would say that my favourite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right.
"It's also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.
"The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.
"There are quite a few overtaking opportunities, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section."