F1: Max Verstappen Completes First Official Formula One Test for Toro Rosso

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ADRIA, ROVIGO, Italy – official release — Red Bull photo — After trying a Formula One car for the first time a few weeks back during a promotional show run in Rotterdam, Max Verstappen had his first proper test at the wheel of an F-1 car on Wednesday.

The 16-year-old Dutchman, who will race alongside Daniil Kvyat next year for Scuderia Toro Rosso drove the 2012 STR7 car at the Adria Int’l Raceway, about two hour’s drive away from STR’s Faenza factory. The track was still damp in the morning after overnight rain and Verstappen’s first few runs were done on intermediate tires, but conditions improved enough for him to switch to slicks later in the day. He did a mix of short and long runs as well as trying his hand at other features of a race weekend, such as pit stops and start launches. Verstappen had completed 148 trouble free laps of the 2.702-km-long track.

“I was looking forward to my first drive in a Formula 1 car on a proper race track and I really enjoyed it,” Verstappen said. “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.”

Pujolar said the test was productive.

““Max started his run on intermediates and got up to speed, making no mistakes,” he said. “We worked through various procedures that make up a race weekend. He was very focused and precise and learned quickly, without having to ask many questions. Once we were able to fit slicks, he got used to the car in the dry and built up his speed, while we tried various fuel levels, replicating both qualifying and race trim, doing a mix of short and long runs. For a first day, it was very impressive.”

Sporting Director Steve Nielsen agreed.

“In his first real test in a Formula 1 car, Max did a very competent job, giving the impression he has been driving a Formula 1 car for quite a while, not like someone on their first day behind the wheel,” Nielsen said.

“He made no mistakes all day, seemed confident and once he was told something he remembered it. In general, he coped very well with this first test.”

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