Verstappen wants ‘to go forward’ in 2017

Date published: March 10 2016

Max Verstappen concedes he could spend a third season at Toro Rosso next year but would rather climb toward "the top of the top."

Verstappen debut season in Formula 1 earned the Dutch racer much praise and applause as he demonstrated speed and ability.

His results, which saw him miss out on the podium with two P4s, caught the attention of Formula 1's big teams with the likes Ferrari and Mercedes both believed to be interested.

But for now at least Verstappen will be staying on at Red Bull's junior team where he will spend the 2016 season racing alongside Carlos Sainz.

After that, though, he's dreaming of the big leagues.

Asked if he envisioned a third season at Toro Rosso, the 18-year-old responded to Motorsport.com: "[It] can be. [But] it's not my aim.

"I want to go forward. I mean, it's a great thing [being at Toro Rosso] – I have a lot of fun and it's a great family.

"But at one point you want to win races and you want to go forward and you want to go to the top of the top."

He added: "The future looks very positive, for next year as well. I'm just enjoying this season, trying to gain a lot of experience and we'll see where we end up next year."

As for rumours linking him to Ferrari, Verstappen acknowledges that it is sign that others have noticed his success out on track.

"Yeah, and it's good that other people see it that way," he said.

"It's always nice to see that your name is up there, even though, I mean, nothing is happening. I am happy where I am at the moment."