posted on May, 8 2016 @ 07:37 AM
The career of Max Verstappen is anything but usual, from karting to F3 to F1 even before he had reached the age to get his drivers licence.
At the age of 18, he is already into his second season in the highest class of autosport and competing with the very best drivers in the world.
Many had their doubts, but he has shown the world that he was not only ready for F1, he has also shown that he is an phenomenal race driver and can
compete with the big boys for a win if he has the right material.
With only two seasons of experience under his belt in autosport (one year in F3 and one year in F1) last Thursday the news broke that he will be
driving alongside star race driver Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull, Kvyat will drive for Toro Rosso in the remainder of the 2016 season.
A driver swich that stunned many and raised many questions.
Apparently Helmut Marko was not very happy with the performance of Kvyat and at Toro Rosso tensions were high between the two teams on either side of
Despite this golden opportunity, for Max Verstappen it will be the ultimate showdown, try to match the performance of Daniel Ricciardo, that is his
task for this year.
Daniel Ricciardo is probably the best race driver on the grid in current F1, so it will not be easy to do so, let alone beat him.
At Toro Rosso, two old teammates from their period in F3 will fight their battle, my prediction is that Sainz will win.
For Red Bull, this is a luxury to have a good comparison of their race drivers.
For Max there is a risk, if he fails to perform on par with Daniel Ricciardo, it will do his career no good.
On the other side, if he succeeds in doing so, Daniel will have a teammate who pushes him, but also Red Bull to new hights.
Generally it is not done to switch teams during a season, a new team, new engineer, a different car with other characteristics and approach for the
car setup, For Max and Kvyat this certainly won't be easy.
Especially for Kvyat who has been degraded to the B-team of Red Bull.