Max Verstappen, the 16-year-old Red Bull prodigy and 2015 Toro Rosso driver, got his first proper Formula One test in the books on Wednesday.
He banked nearly 150 laps at the Adria circuit, outside Toro Rosso’s Faenza, Italy headquarters. With those laps in the team’s 2012 SRT7, and completing a mix of runs (low fuel, full fuel, varying downforce), he also exceeded the 300 km limit for his FIA Superlicense.
“I was looking forward to my first drive in a Formula 1 car on a proper race track and I really enjoyed it,” he said in a release. “It was a good opportunity to work with Xevi (Pujolar), who will be my race engineer next year, as well as having a chance to get used to all the buttons on the steering wheel. I think it went well and I can’t wait to get back into a Formula 1 car as soon as possible.”
Fortunately this outing went smoother than a demonstration run in Rotterdam at the end of August.
He is scheduled to make free practice one appearances later this season.