Sebastian Vettel impressed Formula 1’s veterans when he first entered the sport with Toro Rosso by becoming the only driver to ever finish fourth with the Red Bull junior team. This year, 18-year old Dutchman Max Verstappen broke that record by putting the Toro Rosso in fourth twice and not surprisingly, that’s got the attention of Vettel.
“Max has been a surprise because he’s been very aggressive, sometimes too aggressive,” said Vettel told reporters in London following the Race of Champions.
“But in the end, he has done a very good season so far, he has had two fourth places.
He is one to be up there in the future. With his age, he has a lot of time. I’m sure he’ll make us worried, the older generation – which I’m part of now.”
Verstappen is currently on a run of six consecutive points finishes – another record for a Toro Rosso driver, and has also made headlines for his aggressive overtaking maneuvers such as that on Sergio Perez at the recent Brazilian GP.
Vettel also had good things to say about Verstappen’s teammate Carlos Sainz Jr., who has also scored points on seven occasions throughout 2015.
“Carlos and Max have done a very good job,” he added. “Those two stood out this season.”
“I know them, Carlos in particular, from the past from my time at Red Bull Racing. He was helping a lot on the simulator, doing a lot of work for us, so it’s good to see them racing.”