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Button backs Verstappen's gamble
22 Aug 2014 08:08
Jenson Button believes 16-year-old Max Verstappen would have been mad to turn down a Formula One drive despite criticism he is too young to race in the sport.
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Verstappen has caused a stir in F1 after Toro Rosso announced this week he is to partner 20-year-old Russian Daniil Kvyat for 2015.
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Just 16 at present, Verstappen will make F1 history next year when he becomes the youngest driver ever in the sport when he lines up on the grid for the season-opening grand prix in Australia in March aged 17.
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Spain's Jaime Alguersuari is the current record holder at 19 years and 125 days, but Verstappen will smash that mark by almost two years.
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Upon F1's return from its summer break in Belgium this weekend, the topic of Verstappen's impending arrival was naturally high on the agenda.
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Button, just over twice Verstappen's age at 34 and who drove against the young Dutchman's dad Jos in the early noughties, can understand just why the youngster has said 'yes', recalling his own experience of almost turning down his chance with Williams in 2000.
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"If someone comes to you and says 'Are you ready for Formula One, I'll give you a drive?', you're not going to say no are you?" said Button.
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"There might not be another opportunity, and that's what happened with me at Williams.
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"Frank (Williams, team owner) said to me when I was in the pub with my mates drinking beer and eating sausages and bacon 'Are you ready for Formula One?' I said no initially.
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"Then my dad said 'I can't believe you just said that. Phone him back and lie to him and tell him you are ready'.
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"So I did, I got the test drive and then the race drive. You've got to take the opportunity because you never know if it is going to come again."
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