Verstappen: Honoured to be part of the Red Bull Junior Team

Max Verstappen poses for a portrait at the Red Bull Ring

Max Verstappen poses for a portrait at the Red Bull Ring

Highly rated Dutch driver  Max Verstappen has been signed up by the Red Bull Junior Team, according to an announcement on Tuesday.

The 16-year-old, who is the son of former Formula 1 driver  Jos Verstappen, is regarded as one of the most promising young drivers in Europe having taken seven wins in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship this year, his first season in car racing.

By linking up with Red Bull, Verstappen follows in the footsteps of the likes of Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Riccairdo, Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat, all of whom graduated to Formula 1 racing via the world champion team’s development squad.

Max Verstappen will drive for Red Bull Junior  Team with immediate effect

Max Verstappen will drive for Red Bull Junior Team with immediate effect

“It goes without saying that I’m very happy and I feel honoured to be part of the Red Bull Junior Team, which has successfully brought and guided many drivers into Formula One,” said Verstappen.

“I will take this opportunity with both hands in order to develop and maximise my career with Red Bull. I want to thank Dr. Helmut Marko for his involvement in making this partnership possible and I want to thank Red Bull for putting their trust in me.”

Red Bull have confirmed that Verstappen will continue his FIA Formula 3 European Championship campaign before competing in the prestigious Macau Grand Prix in November. (GP247)