Is seventeen to young to be in Formula 1? That’s how old Max Verstappen will be when he climbs into his Scuderia Toro Rosso machine in the 2015 season.
As we mentioned last week, Verstappen joined the Red Bull Junior program and now has been announced as Toro Rosso’s new driver for 2015. This means that Jean-Eric Vergne will be on his way out of the team at the end of this season.
Verstappen, son of former F1 driver Jos Verstappen, has made his mark in the junior series but according the BBC, he made the switch from karts-to-cars less than a year ago. Verstappen said:
“Ever since I was seven years old, Formula 1 has been my career goal, so this opportunity is truly a dream come true,” said Verstappen.
The record was previously held by Toro Rosso driver Jamie Alguersuari in 2009 when he was just 19-years-old. Jaime wasn’t long for the F1 world so let’s hope Max does much better. This means that the road-worn, grisly veteran Daniil Kvyat (at 20-years-old) will be leading a 17-year-old for the team…now that’s a “junior” team.
Is this too young for F1 or has be proven himself enough in the junior series? BBC says he has the seat time and credentials to get a Superlicense from the FIA. What are your thoughts?