‘Verstappen is the real deal’

Date published: May 15 2016

Christian Horner says Max Verstappen reminds him of a German that used to race for Red Bull Racing, a German that went on to win four World titles.

Verstappen is making his Red Bull debut at this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix and put in an incredible display in qualifying.

Instead of showing any signs of pressure as he steps up into the big league, he has shown plenty of pace.

He qualified P4 for the Barcelona race, four-tenths behind the more experienced Daniel Ricciardo, and his team boss says his reminds him of Sebastian Vettel.

"What a first qualifying session he has had. Incredible!" Horner told Sky Sports F1.

"He's jumped in the car and been quick from his first lap in the car all weekend. To qualify on the second row on his debut for the team is a remarkable performance.

"His mannerisms remind me a lot of a young German we had a couple years ago, his demeanour, his calmness in the car.

"You can see he's the real deal and I think at this stage, with this amount of experience in the car, to turn up and do what he has done is mightily impressive."