Verstappen not thinking of Red Bull promotion

Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen says he isn't getting distracted by a potential move to the senior Red Bull team, despite such a strong start to his Formula 1 career.

Although many were sceptical about the 17-year-old's hurried promotion to a seat in F1, Verstappen has dumbfounded his critics so far in 2015 with his speed, overtaking ability and obvious maturity.

The sport's youngest ever point-scorer is nonetheless fully focused on the job in hand at Toro Rosso, and refuses to get carried away with what the future may hold.

Asked whether he could follow in the footsteps of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo in moving up to the senior Red Bull team by Germany's Welt newspaper, Verstappen said: "That is hypothetical. 

"My focus at the moment is to be as successful as possible. What comes after that, we'll see.

"I'm not here to dream about the future, my job is to do my best right now."

Verstappen added that he feels he has already earned the respect of his fellow drivers after a sparkling start to his F1 career.

"They do have more respect for me, I can feel it quite clearly," said the Dutchman.

"They shake my hand, they stop when they see me to say I did a good race. It shows me that I am on the right track.

"I think many of them have probably realised that in the end your age is not what is important, only your racing skills."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Max Verstappen
Teams Toro Rosso
Article type Breaking news