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Verstappen to race for Toro Rosso in 2015.

Dutch driver will be youngest ever Formula One driver at 17 years old.
Monday, August 18, 2014

 

August 18th, 2014 (F1Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Max Verstappen will replace Jean-Eric Vergne at Toro Rosso next year. 

 

The news was confirmed via Red Bull owned Servus TV. 

 

The 16 year old son of former-Formula One driver Jos Verstappen, will replace Vergne and will race alongside Daniil Kvyat. 

 

"Ever since I was seven years old, Formula 1 has been by career goal, so this opportunity is truly a dream come true." Verstappen said in a statement. 

 

"With the return of the Verstappen name to Formula 1, I hope we can relive old memories and I’m hoping to see many fans at all the Grand Prix circuits."

 

The Dutch driver will be 17 when the lights go out in Australia in 2015, making him the youngest ever F1 driver. Former Toro Rosso driver Jaime Alguersuari holds the current record at 19 years and 125 days old. 

 

"We are happy to welcome Max into the Toro Rosso family," Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost said. 

 

"It’s great to see how the Red Bull Junior Programme continues to find talented young drivers and gives them the opportunity to come into Formula 1.

 

"We consider Max to be as one of the most skilled young drivers of the new generation and we believe he has the necessary maturity and mental strength to take on this challenge successfully. This year he has already demonstrated how well he can cope under difficult conditions."

 

Tost went on to thank Jean-Eric Vergne for his efforts and said he hoped the second half of the season would be stronger than the first half. 

 

"With this in mind, I would also like to thank Jean-Eric Vergne for all his hard work," said Tost.

 

"He has produced strong performances, but unfortunately he was also hindered by some reliability problems, especially in the first half of the current season.

 

"We hope that we have resolved these problems and that he will be able to end the second half of this season on a high note and thereby show that he still deserves another opportunity in Formula 1." 

 

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