'Senior drivers won't like Max's debut'

Wednesday 20th August 2014

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'Senior drivers won't like Max's debut'

'Senior drivers won't like Max's debut'

Max Verstappen may find the reception a little chilly when he enters F1, according to former McLaren assistant team manager Tony Jardine.

Next season Verstappen will make history when he becomes the youngest driver to compete in Formula 1.

The Dutch racer will make his debut with Toro Rosso at just 17 years of age.

Not everyone, though, will be happy with his very early debut.

Jardine told Sky Sports News: "What the senior drivers will think about it - don't ask them, because they won't like it."

However, Jardine, who also worked with Brabham and Lotus during his time in Formula 1, believes Verstappen has the ability to succeed in F1.

"This kid is good," he said.

"He has been racing karts since he was around eight or nine years of age, he has won eight times already in the Formula Three series. So they decided to take him into the Red Bull junior team and he is going to replace Vergne.

"He looks like a wonder-kid, but he is going to be the youngest-ever on a grand prrix grid.

"In the Netherlands, where he comes from, the age is 18 to get your driving licence, so it is going to be a huge story for the Dutch media.

"But the point is he has been racing since he was a little boy, like Lewis Hamilton.

"He will already have quite a few years of experience racing by the time he gets to the grid."

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