Verstappen Jr debuts with Van Amersfoort
Max Verstappen will debut in the 2014 FIA Formula 3 European Championship with Van Amersfoort Racing. The 16-year-old talent will follow in his father’s footsteps, as Jos Verstappen, driving for Van Amersfoort, clinched the Formula Opel Lotus Benelux championship in 1992.
In 2013 Verstappen achieved unparalleled successes; he won most races on the international karting calendar. Additionally, the Dutchman absolved several successful Formula Renault 2.0 tests as well as a two-day test session in a Formula 3 car.
I feel really at home in a F3 car and that’s why we made this career choice. The cars have a lot of downforce and grip. This means you can carry a lot of speed through the corners and as a driver you can really make a difference. – said Max Verstappen, who will race a Volkswagen-powered Dallara car.
The F3 European Championship is a very competitive category with a competitive car and we want to do the best we can. However, it will be a year in which Max must learn from the small mistakes he’ll inevitably make as a rookie. Regardless, this is the perfect step for Max venturing into single seater racing, as Van Amersfoort Racing is a fantastic and professional team. – said former F1 Jos Verstappen.
I can remember vividly when Jos was part of our team. To then have Max as part of our team, 22 years after his father, is a special situation. For a racing team it is always a joy to work together with an extraordinary talent. Max has claimed plenty of titles and trophies which make it a good challenge for us as a team, especially when we are participating in a top championship that is European F3. To be among the front runners will demand the most of us but we’ll give it all we got. Furthermore, 2014 will see a special rookie class which I think is the perfect goal for Max. – commented Frits van Amersfoort, Team Boss Van Amersfoort Racing.