Wednesday 21 February 2018

Verstappen: I'll keep calm despite Formula One dangers

Max Verstappen is set to become the youngest driver in Formula One history after joining Toro Rosso for the 2015 campaign. Photo: Sander KONING/AFP/Getty Images
Max Verstappen is set to become the youngest driver in Formula One history after joining Toro Rosso for the 2015 campaign. Photo: Sander KONING/AFP/Getty Images

Teenager Max Verstappen is confident he can handle the pressures of the world of Formula One and insists he is not worried about the sport's dangers.

The 16-year-old is set to become the youngest driver in F1's history after joining Toro Rosso for the 2015 campaign. Verstappen - 17 in September and currently competing in Formula Three - will replace Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne at the Red Bull-owned team.

Regarding the media attention he is getting and will receive in the future, the Dutchman, son of ex-F1 driver Jos, said: "I am a relaxed guy, so I think I will handle it.

"I hope to offer a lot of action (on the track) of course. But I think, in the end, I am quite relaxed. For sure you have to work hard for it, but at the same time you can also have a little fun."

When then asked about the dangers of the sport, Verstappen said: "I'm not that worried about it. The cars are really safe. I think it's more dangerous to cycle through a big city than to race in an F1 car."

Irish Independent

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