Max Verstappen secures Toro Rosso race seat

  • Tuesday 19th August, 2014 9:21am
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen posing with a Formula Renault 3.5

Max Verstappen will become the youngest ever Formula 1 driver next season when he replaces Jean-Eric Vergne at Toro Rosso.

The Red Bull junior team has confirmed that the Dutchman, set to be just 17-years-old when he lines up for next year’s Australian Grand Prix, will drive alongside Daniil Kvyat

Announced as a Red Bull development driver last week, Verstappen has this year graduated from karts to the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.

“Ever since I was seven years old, Formula 1 has been my career goal, so this opportunity is truly a dream come true,” said Verstappen.

The rising star is the son of Jos Verstappen, who drove 106 F1 grands prix with Benetton, Simtek, Footwork, Tyrell, Stewart, Arrows and Minardi between 1994 and 2003.

“There are several people that have helped me throughout the years and still support me to this day and I want to sincerely thank them,” continued Max.

“We’ve all worked tremendously hard to reach Formula 1 and I will give my absolute best to be successful in the pinnacle of motorsport.

“With the return of the Verstappen name to Formula 1, I hope we can relive old memories and I’m hoping to see many fans at all the Grand Prix circuits.”

The current record for the youngest F1 driver is held by Jaime Alguersuari, who debuted with Toro Rosso at 19 years and 125 days old during the 2009 season.

Kvyat was also a 19-year-old when he made his first F1 start earlier this season.

Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost is in no doubt that Verstappen will be ready for F1 next season.

“We are happy to welcome Max into the Toro Rosso family,” he said.

“It’s great to see how the Red Bull Junior Programme continues to find talented young drivers and gives them the opportunity to come into Formula 1.

“We consider Max to be as one of the most skilled young drivers of the new generation and we believe he has the necessary maturity and mental strength to take on this challenge successfully.”

  • Dazza

    f1 is the pinnacle of boring. most of the drivers seem so far up themselves too. give

    me nascar any day.

  • Niftynic

    “With the return of the Verstappen name to Formula 1, I hope we can relive old memories…”

    Ask JP Montoya about old Verstappen F1 memories, not something he would want to relive!

    (Brasil 2001)

  • Sauly

    @Dazza… Really? Then why are you reading F1 stories if you have little interest?

  • Mike Jacobson

    Franz Tost’s comments take a bit of swallowing.

    Max Verstappen might be the greatest racing driver since Fangio, but European F3 is no gauge of young driving talent. He needs to do a season in GP3 at least, and preferably another one in FR3.5 or GP2 before he jumps into the deep end.

    As for the Toro Rosso ‘family’, Jean-Eric Vergne must feel like an orphan right now.

  • Billy Blogger

    What is happening to Vergne?????

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