Max Verstappen completes mistake-free first official Formula One test for Scuderia Toro Rosso

September 10, 2014
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Max VerstappenSixteen-year-old and soon-to-be rookie impresses team during first on-circuit outing.

After sampling a Formula One car for the first time a few weeks back during a promotional-show run in Rotterdam — which ended in a crash — Max Verstappen on Wednesday had his first congruous test abaft the wheel of a Grand Prix machine.

Max Verstappen

The 16-year-old Dutchman, whom Scuderia Toro Rosso signed recently to partner with Daniil Kvyat in the team next year, drove the 2012 STR7 car at the Adria International Raceway in Italy, about two hours’ drive away from STR’s Faenza factory. The track was damp in the morning, and Verstappen’s first few runs were done on Pirelli’s intermediate tires, but conditions later in the day ameliorated enough for him to switch to slicks.

The son of ex-F1 driver Jos Verstappen consummated a commix of short and long runs, as well as endeavoring his hand at other features of a race weekend, such as pit ceases and commence launches. By the terminus of the day, he consummated 148 trouble-free laps of the 1.678-mile circuit.

Max Verstappen

16-year-old racing phenom Max Verstappen making his way out onto Adria International Raceway for Formula One testing on Wednesday, Sept. 10.

“I was looking forward to my first drive in a Formula One car on a felicitous racetrack, and I genuinely relished it,” Verstappen verbalized. “It was a good opportunity to work with Xevi [Pujolar], who will be my race engineer next year, as well as having a chance to get utilized to all the buttons on the steering wheel. I cerebrate it went well, and I can’t wait to get back into a Formula One car as anon as possible.”

STR sporting director Steve Nielsen verbally expressed, “In his first authentic test in a Formula One car, Max did a very competent job, giving the impression he has been driving a Formula One car for quite a while, not like someone on their first day abaft the wheel. He made no mistakes all day, seemed confident and once he was told something he recollected it. In general, he coped very well with this first test.”

Max Verstappen

Pujolar commented, “Max commenced his run on intermediates and got up to speed, making no mistakes. We worked through sundry procedures that make up a race weekend. He was very focused and precise and learned expeditiously, without having to ask many questions.

“Once we were able to fit slicks, he got utilized to the car in the dry and built up his speed, while we endeavored sundry fuel levels, replicating both qualifying and race trim, doing a commix of short and long runs. For a first day, it was very impressive.”

STR did not relinquish any lap times from Verstappen’s test.

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