Formula 1 shows interest in Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen

According to Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen has the Formula 1 world at his feet. Ricciardo, who after rising through energy drink company Red Bull‘s driver development programme is now consistently beating reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull.

“Max won the Zandvoort Masters” Australian Ricciardo told the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

Ricciardo is referring to Max Verstappen, the increasingly highly-rated 16-year-old racing junior, and the very same F3 event that Max’s controversial father Jos won two decades earlier.

Ricciardo said that he is impressed at the smooth and highly competitive transition Verstappen jr has made from karting to single seaters.

According to De Telegraaf, the young Dutchman has caught the attention of a number of Formula 1 teams, including Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari.

Ricciardo said the world is at Verstappen’s feet, “For me, I didn’t have that choice – I was approached by Red Bull in 2008, presented with a contract and I was very happy to sign it.” But if you have more options, like Max does, that’s always good.”

“Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull are top teams with big budgets. It’s a difficult decision that Max and his father have to make, but in the end I don’t think you can go far wrong in his situation. Although, from my experience, I would recommend Red Bull,” Ricciardo grinned. (GMM)