Verstappen: STR drive was a bigger risk

Date published: May 12 2016 - Editor

Max Verstappen reckons Red Bull took a bigger risk putting him with Toro Rosso last season than they have done by promoting him this year.

Last week it was revealed that the 18-year-old would step up to a Red Bull race-seat as he was called up to replace the under-fire Daniil Kvyat.

Kvyat has moved the other way, stepping down to a Toro Rosso seat.

In the wake of the announcement Verstappen spent time in the Red Bull factory as he had to learn his new team's procedures.

Despite the challenges that await him this weekend in Spain, the Dutchman is looking forward to his first grand prix with a "top" F1 team.

"I'm very happy with the chance they have given me," he said in Thursday's FIA press conference.

"I'm racing for a top team now and that was always the plan, what I wanted to do.

"With the risk, to be honest I think it was a bigger risk to be so young in Formula 1 but I've handled it pretty well.

"From now it is getting used to a new car which is not easy in a season but already with the things I've done in the factory they have given me a lot of confidence.

"Of course a lot of procedures to learn again but it will come race by race and I'm definitely going to enjoy it."