Verstappen: Age is just a number, I am ready for F1

Max Verstappen at Spa

Max Verstappen at Spa

He may be only 16, but Max Verstappen told the world on Friday that age is just a number – and he is ready to be Formula One’s youngest boy racer of all time.

The Dutchman will not be 17 until September and is still at school, but he is sure that classrooms and exams will not stop him following in his father’s wheel tracks to show his speed with the Toro Rosso team.

Toro Rosso, sister team to Red Bull, signed Verstappen, son of Jos Verstappen, earlier this week and confirmed he will replace Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne as a racer next year.

“I think I’m ready for it,” the teenager told reporters at his first news conference on Friday. At the end, age is just a number. At the end, what is most important is I think you have to be fast on the track.”

Max Verstappen with father Jos

Max Verstappen with father Jos

He revealed that he had been in contact with Mercedes as well as Red Bull, “With Mercedes, we had some conversations, just to see what was possible. I was already a long time talking to Red Bull, since 2010 really, I mean I had a really good feeling about it.”

Remarkably mature for his age, Verstappen junior took all the media attention in his stride and insisted he did not feel any pressure despite despite many in the sport doubting the wisdom of his appointment.

“No not really,” he said. “The only thing you can do is your best, more than that you can’t do anyway.”

Mental strength? His father had plenty of that.

“Yes, I mean I think if you start to need a mind coach that wouldn’t be a good thing. You need to have a strong head as well, so, yeah, I don’t see any problems with the pressure of F1″.(Reuters)