Albon and Verstappen race hard over Dubai desert dunes

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing duo flaunt buggy skills before F1 season finale.

Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon have prepared for the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship season finale in Abu Dhabi with a desert outing in Honda dune buggies. Here is all you need to know:

– Verstappen is out to retain third in the driver’s standings from the chasing Ferrari of Charles Leclerc after the Dutchman stormed to victory in Brazil.

– With Thai-British rookie Albon producing seven top-six finishes for the team to lock down a 2020 seat, the pair arrived in Dubai in style in an Aston Martin DBX.

– Rally-raid biker Mohammed Balooshi was on hand to deliver pointers before the drivers got the chance to jump dunes and do donuts in their Honda Talon 1000X.

– Verstappen had previous experience of off-road racing, however it was all new for former Formula 2 star Albon who has enjoyed a fairytale first season in F1.

– Albon, 23, revealed: “It was good fun. It’s a very different feeling because it’s not like a circuit. On a circuit you know where the person is going to be going, in a buggy, one time Max is going on the right over a jump, the next time he’s half way on top of a dune and you don’t know which way we’re going to drift off to.”

– Verstappen, 22, explained: “It was great going out on the buggies again and doing things like this and camel polo is very Red Bull and something I really enjoy. It’s always great to try new things and we are lucky to get that opportunity with the team.”

– As for the first season with Honda power, he added: “Three victories and quite a few podiums is always good, but as a team and myself, we always want more so we are already looking ahead to next year where hopefully we can challenge for the championship.”

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