Dutchman Max Verstappen
has been announced by Red Bull as part of their Junior Team. After speculation last week about the 16-year old signing for Mercedes
or Red Bull, the final decision has been made.
: "We are very pleased to announce that Max Verstappen has accepted our invitation to join the Red Bull Junior Team. This is effective immediately and the 16-year-old Duchman will continue his FIA Formula 3 European Championship campaign at the Nürburgring this weekend as a Red Bull Junior in the Van Amersfoort Racing
Team and additionally will compete at the Macau Grand Prix in November."
Max Verstappen about his new contract: "I'm very happy and honoured to be part of the Red Bull Junior Team, which already have launched successfully many careers into F1. Of course I will take this challenge with both hands to grow in my career together with Red Bull and get ultimate results. I want to thank Dr. Helmut Marko for his involvement in this conclusion and Red Bull for their trust."
"The Red Bull Junior Team allows me to test a lot in higher racing classes like we did today with the Formula Renault
3.5. I tested this car for the first time on the Red Bull Ring, which will help me to get experience and knowledge of Red Bull, after I can make a final decision about my future."
The latest rumour last week about Verstappen was that he would be the youngest driver ever on a Formula 1 grid if he signs for Red Bull. Helmut Marko apparently wants to give Max, son of former F1 driver Jos Verstappen
, the chance to show his potential in the Toro Rosso. It is expected this will be announced in due course.