Verstappen to debut in FP1 at Suzuka

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Max Verstappen, the 17-year old youngster set to become a race driver for Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2015 will make his Formula One debut at the upcoming Japanese Grand Prix, where he will complete in FP1.

Max, son of Jos Verstappen will be replacing Jean-Eric Vergne in the first free practice session of the Japanese Grand Prix weekend.

"I am very much looking forward to taking part in a Free Practice session at a Grand Prix for the first time", Verstappen said.

"It is good preparation for next year, even if it’s not something I could have imagined a few months ago. To already be participating in a practice session is of course a dream come true. I have actually been to Suzuka before, to take part in a go-kart race on the track that is located next to the main circuit’s back straight. My dad has raced at Suzuka many times and he told me it’s not an easy track to start on. For me it will be a very valuable experience, spending some time in the car and also getting used to working with everyone in the team, to prepare myself for next year. I am not going
there to break any records, I just want to gain experience.

"I have spent one day driving this track on the simulator, which helps a bit, but it’s no substitute for driving it for real. My first impression is that it’s not an easy track and for example it looks hard to get the combination right in the first esses. I have one and a half hours to drive there and I’m looking forward to doing a good job, for myself and for the team.

While the team have not confirmed any further FP1 outings this season, it looks likely to happen, giving the youngster and the team some extra time to prepare for 2015.