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Verstappen set to make F1 history
29 Sep 2014 15:03
Toro Rosso prodigy Max Verstappen will become the youngest ever driver to participate at a grand prix weekend when he gets behind the wheel in Friday's first practice in Japan.
The teenager has already been announced as a driver for next season by the Faenza-based team and, on Friday, will take the car of Jean-Eric Vergne, whom the Belgian-born Dutchman will replace in 2015.
Verstappen, who turns 17 on Tuesday, has attracted criticism from some corners of Formula One, with his detractors insisting he is too young to compete at the highest level, but he will get the opportunity to prove his talent later this week.
"It is good preparation for next year, even if it's not something I could have imagined a few months ago," he said on Toro Rosso's official website.
"To already be participating in a practice session is, of course, a dream come true."

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