The young rookie Max Verstappen, 17, became the youngest point’s scorer in the sport’s history with an impressive seventh-place finish for Malaysian Grand Prix.
Toro Rosso F1 team principal Franz Tost believes that “stupid people” who criticised Max Verstappen as too young for F1 will have been silenced by his first two grand’s prix.
Before the season kickoff, many F1 people said, Max is too young for Formula 1 at just 17.
The teenager, son of former driver Jos, served his racing apprenticeship in karting and then won ten races in European Formula 3 last year to earn himself a shot at the big time.
Autosport asked, if he felt Verstappen’s critics were now answered, Tost replied: “I said this in October and November when all the people criticised: he will answer them on the racetrack because the answer on the racetrack means stupid people can understand.”
“I think the drivers did brilliantly in really difficult conditions, but they’re both doing exactly what we want them to and the feedback in the race about the tyres is exactly what you want. Key told Autosport
“It doesn’t feel like they’re rookies in many respects. There’s no major drama behind, they just got on with the job.”
“To finish in seventh and eighth positions today here in Malaysia was a big success for the team as well as for the drivers because if both Ferrari’s, Mercedes’ and Williams’ don’t have any problems, this is the best position which we can achieve.” He told official Toro Rosso website, following the race.
“Therefore, the team showed a very good race performance, of which I’m very proud. We were fast in Saturdays’ qualifying session but this was no surprise. Verstappen ended up in an excellent sixth position and I think that also Carlos could have been in the top ten as he certainly had the speed, which he also showed in today’s race. Both drivers did a reasonable start.”
“Verstappen had some problems during the first laps, where he was blocked by some traffic, but later on, after the safety car, he was able to overtake his rivals and put on a good show.” He added
“Carlos had a great start as he gained lots of positions after starting from 15th position. He was also the only driver a part from Sebastian Vettel to go for a two-stop strategy and he really looked after the tyres well and drove a fantastic race.”
“I’d like to congratulate the whole team as well as to Scuderia Ferrari and Sebastian, who won the race here today. This great result now gives us a big boost and we look forward to the next race in China in two weeks’ time.”