Max Verstappen completed 148 laps of the Adria International Raceway, yesterday, completing nearly 400 km of running in his first proper F1 test. He had previously done some running around on the streets of Rotterdam in a promotional event.
The 16-year-old Dutchman, who will take over from Jean-Eric Vergne at Toro Rosso next season, did a sensible job.
“In his first real test in a Formula 1 car, Max did a very competent job, giving the impression he has been driving a Formula 1 car for quite a while, not like someone on their first day behind the wheel,” said the team’s sporting director Steve Nielsen. “He made no mistakes all day, seemed confident and once he was told something he remembered it. In general, he coped very well with this first test.”
The team’s Xevi Pujolar also declared himself very impressed. “Max started his run on intermediates and got up to speed, making no mistakes,” he said. “We worked through various procedures that make up a race weekend. He was very focused and precise and learned quickly, without having to ask many questions. Once we were able to fit slicks, he got used to the car in the dry and built up his speed, while we tried various fuel levels, replicating both qualifying and race trim, doing a mix of short and long runs. For a first day, it was very impressive.”