Verstappen in no hurry for top team promotion

By on Friday, November 13, 2015
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Max Verstappen says he is in no rush to move to a team at the front of the Formula 1 grid, in spite of an impressive rookie season in the sport.

Toro Rosso's Verstappen occupies 10th place in the championship and has twice finished in fourth place, gaining him the attention of front-running outfits.

Verstappen is set to remain with Toro Rosso into 2016 and the Dutch youngster insists he is happy to spend another year with the Faenza-based squad.

"I’m never in a hurry but, of course, if you have two fourth places you’re very close to the podium, you want to be on it," he said.

"But I still have a lot of things to learn and I’m pretty happy where I am right now – but hopefully in a couple of years I can fight for victories. I think everybody wants that."

Verstappen stepped up to Formula 1 off the back of just a single season of car racing in Formula 3 and believes he has improved in every area during his rookie campaign.

"I think in every area I improved," he explained. "Especially after only one season in lower categories, when you make the jump to F1, I think the raw speed is there, it’s just you need to develop in all the other areas – and I think I coped with that pretty well.

"So I’m pretty happy with how the whole season went in general. I improved in everything."

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