Verstappen not ready for F1 says Hakkinen

Mika Hakkinen

Mika Hakkinen

Double F1 world champion Mika Hakkinen has added yet another disparaging response to the news that teenager Max Verstappen will make history next year as by far Formula 1’s youngest ever driver.

And the 1998 and 1999 world champion does not only criticise Red Bull‘s decision to sign the young Dutchman just half a year out of karts, but also his former Formula 1 rival Jos Verstappan, who is Max’s father and manager.

“In no case is a driver ready for Formula 1 at 16 or 17,” Hakkinen said in an interview with his sponsor Hermes.

Hakkinen, who was involved in Valtteri Bottas’ management and also has a son (Hugo) in the world of highly-competitive karting, insisted: “Either as a manager or a father, I would never let a driver as young as that race in Formula 1.

“It’s too early, and if it fails, it can cause considerable damage,” Hakkinen added. (GMM)