Monday, 29 September 2014

Verstappen to make F1 debut in Free Practice in Japan on Friday


The Toro Rosso Formula One team have confirmed that their new driver for 2015 Max Verstappen will make his Formula One debut for the team during Free Practice One for this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit. Verstappen confirmed that he has spent one day in the Red Bull simulator learning the circuit.

The Dutch driver will become the youngest driver in the history of Formula One to take part in an official Grand Prix session at 17 years and three days old breaking the record that was previously held by reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel when he tested for BMW Sauber at the Turkish Grand Prix in 2006.

Verstappen will drive in Free Practice One on Friday in Jean Eric Vergne's Toro Rosso, the man that he is replacing at the Italian team next season,

The Dutch teenager stated that he is just looking for experience and not looking to make history. Japan will be his first of four test outings for Toro Rosso as he will also drive in the US, Brazil and the season ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November.

© Ben Johnston 2014

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