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GP Week : Issue 208
F1 >>> nEWs Max Verstappen says he is ready to become the youngest driver in Formula 1 history at Albert Park in March, when he drives in the Australian Grand Prix at 17. Verstappen, who is in his first year in Formula 3 this year, has signed a multi-year deal with Scuderia Toro Rosso. He will replace Jean-Eric Vergne, who is 24. “I think I’m ready for it,” the teenager told reporters at his first news conference as an F1 driver. “At the end, age is just a number. At the end, what is most important is I think you have to be fast on the track.” Verstappen will have to complete a 300km test in an older STR before being issued with a Superlicence, and it is possible that he could have a run with the team in a Friday Practice session later in the season. He also explained that he had received some interest from Mercedes-Benz, but not for a race seat in 2015. He said he had been in contact with Mercedes as well as Red Bull. “W ith Mercedes, we had some conversations, just to see what was possible,” he said. “I was already a long time talking to Red Bull, since 2010 really, I mean I had a really good feeling about it.” One man who is less than enthusiastic about Verstappen stepping up to F1 after one season in cars is Jacques Villeneuve. The 1997 World Champion has criticised the sport’s licencing system: “Getting a Superlicence should be meaningful, not just doing 300 kilometres and it being fine,” said the Canadian. “There is something that is flawed there. Basically, it’s like getting all the presents without deserving anything. “He is still a boy so it is very risky. You don’t take a 16-year-old, who hasn’t even been to university, in the best hospital as a doctor even if he is very good and very intelligent. “It is the worst thing ever for Formula One because it will have two effects. It will either destroy him or, even if he is successful right away, then F1 will be meaningless.” Verstappen has an impeccable racing pedigree. His father Jos started 106 Grands Prix between 1994 and 2003 with Benetton, Simtek, Footwork, Tyrrell, Stewart, Arrows and Minardi and his mother is Sophie Kumpen, a former kart racer. He currently drives for Van Amersfoort Racing (the same team for which Jos drove in the early 1990s) in the European F3 Championship. A service driven insurance broker for the fast moving world www.ellisclowes.com +4 4 (0)20 7220 0130 Authorised and regulated by the FCA Registered in England and Wales Company no. 07202991 Registered Lloyd’s of London Broker mAx WIll lEARN ThE TRuTh – AT 17 F1 >>> nEWs 12 GPWEEK.com // 12 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: