Verstappen clouts barrier in first public F1 drive
Recently signed 2015 Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen has endured an embarrassing first public outing in a Formula 1 car at a demonstration event in the Netherlands.
The 16-year-old, who will become the youngest driver to start a grand prix next March, clouted a barrier with the front of the STR7 while entertaining the crowd.
The incident occurred moments after the car was pushed back from another barrier by event officials.
The front-end damage was repaired at the event by the team, allowing subsequent demonstration runs to be completed.
The Dutchman had undertaken a brief test at Rockingham in the United Kingdom last week in preparation for the Rotterdam, Netherlands, outing.
It is expected that Verstappen will begin Friday duties with Toro Rosso at the US Grand Prix in November before he replaces Frenchmen Jean-Eric Vergne full-time next season.
Amateur video of the incident was captured by onlookers