Verstappen 'not close to limit'

By on Friday, October 3, 2014
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Toro Rosso debutant Max Verstappen says he was not even close to the limit during his free practice outing in Japan.

The Dutch driver, who became the youngest person to compete in an official session at 17 years and three days, set the 12th fastest time, just 0.4s down on future team-mate Daniil Kvyat.

While Verstappen's session was ultimately curtained by an engine issue, he said he was not pushing too hard during the 90 minute session.

"Of course I was not even close to the limit," he said after handing back to outgoing driver Jean-Eric Verstappen.

"I was just driving safely without doing any crazy stuff. For me the main thing today was just to try to make a lot of laps.

"I was just making laps, getting used to the car, getting used to the track - because it's not an easy track. When I saw the time on the screens I was happy.

Verstappen had previously driven a Red Bull RB7 and Toro Rosso STR7 and says the biggest difference was adapting to the 2014-specification cars.

"The biggest challenge was just getting used to the car really," he said. "It's a bit different to the 2012 car.

"All the systems, throttle application, and then you have to work with the whole team - all the buttons on the steering wheel.

As a younger generation you grow up with all that kind of stuff. You play many times on the PlayStation and you can see the many buttons - they are all there - so you already have a first feel for it."


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