Testing: Verstappen Fastest In Spain

Philip Boeckman Formula One McLaren

Max Verstappen has picked up where he left off in Catalunya by being quickest on the final day of testing. What a week it has been for the teenager;he's showed his maiden race win over the weekend was no fluke by backing up his speed during testing.

Verstappen and Red Bull viewed the test in Spain as a perfect opportunity for the Dutchman to get to grips with his new car; afterall, he has only been a Red Bull driver for under a fortnight. On soft tyres and being powered by an upgraded Renault engine, the 18 year old put in a fastest lap of 1:23.267.

For me personally it was good to have the opportunity to get even more comfortable with the car
— Max Verstappen

Where does he rank amongst the most gifted young drivers of all time? This Telegraph does a good job of comparing the competition.

Elsewhere, McLaren's young driver Stoffel Vandoorne put in a promising shift in an ever-improving car. Vandoorne has a great chance of getting a seat on next year's grid- either with McLaren or elsewhere- and he done himself no harm with an impressive outing.

Philip Boeckman Son Formula One Red Bull

Just as Verstappen is getting to grips with his new car, so too is Daniil Kyvat. To put it a better way, the Russian is acclimatising himself to his old Toro Rosso car, having been demoted to pave the way for Verstappen. Kyvat spoke of how he now feels "more confident and ready for Monaco".

With the glamour race of the season coming up in less than two weeks, it certainly seems like the middle-runners are getting to grips with the 2016 season at last.

Philip Boeckman

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