Max Verstappen completed his maiden test run in a Toro Rosso Formula 1 car at the Adria circuit on Wednesday.
The 16-year-old, who will become the youngster driver in Formula 1 history when he makes his debut at next season’s Australian Grand Prix, at just 17, completed his first proper F1 test at the wheel of a 2012 Toro Rosso STR7 car.
Verstappen had previously completed a straighline test at Rockingham and a demo run on the streets of Rotterdam, but his 148 laps – enough to meet the requirements for an F1 SuperLicense – at the Adria circuit, Italy, on Wednesday was his first real taste of contemporary Formula 1 machinery.
On a damp track the Dutchman initially ran on intermediate tyres, before changing to slicks later in the day, as well as completing a series of pit stops and start launches in preparation for his F1 bow.
“I was looking forward to my first drive in a Formula 1 car on a proper race track and I really enjoyed it,” Verstappen said.
“It was a good opportunity to work with Xevi, who will be my race engineer next year, as well as having a chance to get used to all the buttons on the steering wheel. I think it went well and I can’t wait to get back into a Formula 1 car as soon as possible.”
Verstappen’s race engineer for 2015, Xevi Pujolar, added: “For a first day, it was very impressive.”
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