Max Verstappen joins Red Bull Junior Team

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Red Bull have confirmed that Max Verstappen has accepted their invitation to join the Red Bull Junior team. The 16-year old Dutchman joins the team with immediate effect.

Max, son for former Formula One driver Jos Verstappen 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.

“It is obvious that I am overjoyed with this opportunity and I feel honoured to be able to make part of the Red Bull Junior Team, a team that has already got so many drivers into Formula One", said Max Verstappen.

"I'm clearly grabbing this opportunity with both hands in an attempt to get the most out of my career along with Red Bull. I also want to thank Dr. Helmut Marko for his involvement in getting this agreement finalized, and Red Bull of course for their confidence.”

Verstappen also said his Red Bull Junior team membership will make it possible for him to test in higher categories, "such as Formula Renault 3.5".

The Dutchman enjoyed his first day of testing today at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.