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Max Verstappen tipped for record-breaking Formula 1 career

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Red Bull's head of the channel for young drivers Helmut Marko announced that 16-years-old Max Verstappen will start his career with Toro Rosso by replacing Jean-Eric Vergne in 2015.

The Dutch driver [Verstappen] has impressed this year after having just graduated from Karts and impressive driving was demonstrated in the European F3 Championship, which left him join Red Bull's junior team early this month.

The 16-years-old will become the youngest driver of the F1 history when he will make his debut next March, although turning 17 at the end of September.

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The youngster was even compared to one of the greatest driver of the Formula One history as Marko the official website of F1.

"This is an exceptional talent that you only see once in decades. must not pay attention to his age.

"He met with several people specialising in the development of young people and they all say it was more a mentality of someone 22 years to 16 years. And he's behind the wheel since he was four years old. So we expect to be competitive from the first race."

Verstappen delighted

The young Dutch will compete alongside 20-year-old Daniil Kvyat and everyone will expect another great rivalry such as the current one in the Mercedes garage between Briton Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

“First of all, I would like to thank Dr Helmut Marko and Red Bull for all their trust and giving me the chance to make my Formula 1 debut in 2015 with Scuderia Toro Rosso," Verstappen told SkySPORTS F1.

“Ever since I was seven years old, Formula 1 has been my career goal, so this opportunity is truly a dream come true."


Therefore Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne, 24, will have to find a new place with another outfit after three years in the same garage, but it shouldn't be a problem for Vergne as he was one of the drivers Red Bull wanted to bring in their cars last campaign, having failed after Daniel Riccardo was hired.

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