17-year-old Max Verstappen continued to answer his critics by producing yet another impressive display during practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix today.
The Dutch driver will become the youngest ever driver to race in Formula 1 next season when he lines up on the grid for the Australian Grand Prix in March, but his age and relative inexperience has caused a stir in the F1 paddock following his announcement at Toro Rosso.
In order to prepare him for his F1 debut next year, the Red Bull B-team has given him a number of practice run-outs towards the end of the current season, with the latest coming in Brazil today.
Verstappen produced a very impressive display behind the wheel of the Toro Rosso STR9 car, finishing the session in sixth place and just one-tenth of a second behind teammate Daniil Kvyat in third.
He did have a number of off-track excursions throughout the session, but this was common throughout the field as the drivers got to grips (or didn’t, as it turned out) with newly-resurfaced circuit at Interlagos.
After spinning heading into the final sector, Verstappen was quick to jump on the radio and ask his team if there was any damage to the front of his car, showing a maturity and knowledge beyond his single year of car racing.
In Abu Dhabi, Verstappen will get his final chance to take part in practice for Toro Rosso before then running in the post-race test at Yas Marina.