SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, August 22nd, 2014 (F1Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Max Verstappen says he feels ready for a Formula One drive and that age is just a number.
Earlier this week Toro Rosso announced that Verstappen will race for them in 2015. The Dutch driver will be 17 when he makes his debut next year.
Much has been said about age and whether 17 years old is too young for F1 but Verstappen feels he is ready and that age is just a number.
"I think I'm ready for it, at the end age is just a number," Verstappen told a packed media session on Friday.
"At the end what is most important is I think you have to be fast on the track."
Verstappen had been in talks with both Red Bull and Mercedes. When asked why he chose Red Bull over Mercedes he said he had a good feeling about it.
"With 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."
The Dutch driver appeared to be taking it all in his stride and said that he wasn't worried about the pressure.
"No not really," he said "the only thing you can do is your best, more than that you can't do anyway."
"I mean I think if you start to need a mind coach that wouldn't be a good thing. You need to have a strong head as well so yeah I don't see any problems with that. [the pressure of F1]"
When asked who which F1 driver he would compare his own driving style to, he said two-time world champion Fernando Alonso.
"I think it's a bit more like Alonso. When he needs to be smooth he is smooth, if he needs to save the tyres, he's saving the tyres."
"When he needs to be aggressive he is aggressive but it's all under control. That's what I like and this year I've proven that in F3 over the last few weekends."