Max is already quite mature for F1 – Verstappen

Red Bull has confirmed reports that highly-rated teenage rookie Max Verstappen has joined the energy drink company’s driver development programme.

Earlier, it was rumoured the young Dutchman, whose meteoric rise from karting to F3 this year caught the notice of the F1 world, had signed a deal with Mercedes.

But then it emerged that Red Bull’s Dr Helmut Marko made a last-ditch effort to woo the son of former grand prix driver Jos Verstappen.

Responding to rumours Max might make his F1 debut for Toro Rosso next year at the tender age of 17, Verstappen snr answered: “He’s already quite mature.

“We are in a good situation,” he told the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, “but it’s also tricky — what is the right decision, and also how often is a train like this going to pass by?”

Now, Red Bull has announced that Max Verstappen has “accepted” its offer to join the famous Red Bull Junior Team programme “effective immediately”.

He will remain in European formula 3 for now.

“It goes without saying that I’m very happy and I feel honoured to be part of the Red Bull Junior Team, which has successfully brought and guided many drivers into formula one,” Max said. (GMM)

  • Mario Positano

    How can they blame Hamilton for Mercedes not winning the race. I guess Lewis controls when there are accidents and where people are on the track when the yellow flags come out. I am completely impressed with his powers.

    Maybe he made it rain too! Great plan!

    …sorry, I do not usually post like this. I loved LOVED that race. Super exciting! Don’t kill the fun with this blame.

  • Alan Green

    My point exactly. Why was Nico given the winning strategy and Hamilton forced to stay on worn tires?

  • joyman07

    If they had given hamilton soft tyres aswell he would have won the race, the problem is they were just forcussing on NICO but if they had done the same for Lewis he would have won

  • jsn

    LH wasted so much time waiting for NR to overtake he should have chased Alanso for the second place.