Formula One - Teenager Verstappen to debut in in Texas practice

AFPAugust 22, 2014
Formula One - Teenager Verstappen to debut in in Texas practice
The Dutch teenager sixteen-year-old Max Verstappen talks to the media in the paddock at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Spa on August 22, 2014 ahead of the Belgium Formula One Grand Prix. Verstappen will become the youngest driver in Formula One history next season after being unveiled as Toro Rosso's new signing. The Dutch teenager, son of ex-F1 driver Jos Verstappen, currently races in Formula Three with the Van Amersfoort Racing team having cut his racing teeth on the karting circuit. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (AFP Photo/BEN STANSALL)

- Max Verstappen, the 16-year-old son of former Benetton driver Jos Verstappen, is expected to make his Formula One debut with the Toro Rosso team in free practice at the United States Grand Prix.

Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost, the man who has overseen the early development of both Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo before they moved on to ‘big sister’ team Red Bull, confirmed this was his plan on Friday.

Teenager Verstappen has been signed by Toro Rosso to replace Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne next season when, aged just 17, he will become the youngest racing driver in the history of Formula One.