Toro Rosso plans Verstappen Suzuka practice outing

By on Friday, September 19, 2014
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Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost says that 2015 signing Max Verstappen should make his Formula 1 weekend debut at the next round in Japan.

16-year-old Verstappen will race for Toro Rosso in 2015 and the team had intended to hand Verstappen track time across the final three races of the current campaign.

But the Italian squad now intends to bring forward Verstappen's practice runs, meaning that the Dutch youngster could appear behind the wheel of the STR9 at Suzuka in two weeks' time, although the team is still awaiting confirmation of Verstappen's superlicence.

Verstappen has completed the required 300km to qualify for a superlicence and Toro Rosso has applied to the FIA in order to hurry the process.

"Max did, last week, a test in Adria," said Tost. "He finished by doing 396km without any problem. People were really impressed with his performance and now it’s in the hands of the FIA whether he gets a Superlicence to do the Friday P1 session in Suzuka and then we will see.

"We will prepare him step by step and I am convinced that he is the correct driver for us for 2015."

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