Video: Watch Toro Rosso new boy Max Verstappen in action
F1 fans are still learning about 17 year old Max Verstappen, who will race for Toro Rosso next season and will appear in more Friday free practice ...
F1 fans are still learning about 17 year old Max Verstappen, who will race for Toro Rosso next season and will appear in more Friday free practice sessions this season for the team.
For those who have not seen him in action, this video of last weekend's FIA European F3 championship race at Imola, gives a good flavour of his buccaneering style. The cars have 240 horsepower compared to the 750+ hp of the current F1 cars.
Due to an engine penalty, Verstappen had to start in 11th place on the grid, but fights his way through the field to finish second.
There are several other young drivers here to look out for, who could end up in F1 in the future; the race was won by British driver Tom Blomqvist (above), aged 20, son of former rally champion Stig Blomqvist and managed by ex F1 racer Mark Blundell.
Frenchman Esteban Ocon, 18, clinched the Euro F3 title last weekend and is due to test a Lotus F1 car soon, while Mercedes is actively pursuing his signature. Also in the field is Italian Antonio Fuoco, 18, who is a member of the Ferrari driver academy.
Verstappen is battling Blomqvist for second in the championship, which has already been wrapped up by Ocon.
Meanwhile Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz, in one of his occasional forays into the media when he has something to say, has dropped a heavy hint that Toro Rosso might retain Jean Eric Vergne for another season, to partner Verstappen, rather than one of the other young drivers on Red Bull's books like Carlos Sainz Jr, Alex Lynn or even Felix da Costa.
Several things have happened since Verstappen was announced at Toro Rosso in late August; the FIA team radio "coaching" ban was introduced meaning the idea of running two rookies has lost some appeal, while it also makes sense from a set-up point of view to have a driver with some experience alongside Verstappen. Toro Rosso are losing Daniil Kvyat, who has been promoted to fill the shoes of the departing Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull.
"To have an experienced driver next to a very young driver, is quite a (strong) argument," Mateschitz said in an interview with Speed Week, which he owns. You can see his point and Vergne has been on a real charge since he found out that all may not be lost in his F1 career.As well as scouting the young driving talent the video is worth watching as it is a reminder of what a fabulous track Imola is and how much the F1 race there is missed.
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