Seventeen-year-old Formula One rookie sets himself a huge target for opening Grand Prix.
Max Verstappen, who is already the youngest driver to take the wheel of a Formula One car, believes he can score points when he makes his debut in the Australian Grand Prix in March.
Speaking after the launch of the new STR10 at Jerez on Saturday, the Dutchman brushed off suggestions that he’s too young to get on the scoreboard straight away.
“If we have a strong car there and I don’t make any mistakes, then I will have a chance to finish in the points,” he said, and then shrugged away any physical concerns about him not being ready. “I feel much stronger than the first time I jumped in [free practice for the Japanese GP last year].
“I’ve had some Friday practice to get used to the team, spend some time in the factory, and get some simulator sessions in as well. I think that’s been very good for me.”
Verstappen hopes he and fellow rookie Carlos Sainz Jr will form a good relationship, despite their inexperience.
“I think in some moments you need a more experienced driver, but hopefully we will do a good job and it wont cause too many problems.”