has the F1 world at his feet. That is the view of Daniel Ricciardo
, who after rising through the energy drink company's junior ranks is now consistently beating reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel
at Red Bull.
"Max won the Zandvoort Masters?" Australian Ricciardo told the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.
Ricciardo is referring to Max Verstappen, the increasingly highly-rated 16-year-old racing junior, and the very same F3 event that Max's father Jos won two decades earlier.
Ricciardo said he is impressed at the smooth and highly competitive transition Verstappen jr has made from karting to single seaters.
According to our sources, the young Dutchman has caught the attention of a number of Formula 1 teams including Mercedes
, Red Bull Racing
. The first two have the most likely chance of sign 16-year-old Verstappen.
Ricciardo said the world is at Verstappen's feet. "For me, I didn't have that choice -- I was approached by Red Bull in 2008, presented with a contract and I was very happy to sign it," he said.
"But if you have more options, like Max does, that's always good," the Red Bull driver added.
"Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull are top teams with big budgets. It's a difficult decision that Max and his father have to make, but in the end I don't think you can go far wrong in his situation.
"Although, from my experience, I would recommend Red Bull," Ricciardo grinned. (GMM)