Max Verstappen has put in yet another impressive display during his second Formula 1 practice run-out ahead of this weekend’s United States Grand Prix in Austin.
The 17-year-old is set to make his F1 debut in Australia next March, and will smash the record for being the youngest ever driver by almost two years.
Although his inexperience and age has been hotly debated by those within the F1 paddock over the past few months, Verstappen has been strengthening his case with a number of impressive displays during practice for Toro Rosso in place of Jean-Eric Vergne.
At the Circuit of The Americas today in Austin, Verstappen finished FP1 in tenth position ahead of some big names such as Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen, who could not match the Dutchman for pace.
Verstappen could not match the lap set by the other Toro Rosso driver, Daniil Kvyat, who finished in fourth place. The Russian was the only driver to complete more laps than Verstappen during the session.
Ever since he broke onto the scene with an impressive performance in the Florida Winter Series and the FIA F3 European Championship, Verstappen has been something of a revelation in motor racing. Although his age has been a cause for concern, he is quickly proving that it is indeed just a number, and that if you’re good enough, you’re old enough.