Toro Rosso starlet Max Verstappen has admitted he may stay with the team in 2017 but that is not his aim.
Verstappen completed his rookie year in Formula One last year at the tender age of just 17 years old, despite his young age and lack of experience the young Dutchman finished his debut season 12th in the drivers championship with 49 points to his name. It could have been far better had the Toro Rosso not suffered regular reliability issues which hampered his progress.
Motorsport,com asked Verstappen if staying with Toro Rosso for the 2017 season was an option to which he replied: “It can be. But it’s not my aim.
“I want to go forward. I mean, it’s a great thing [being at Toro Rosso] – I have a lot of fun and it’s a great family.
“But at one point you want to win races and you want to go forward and you want to go to the top of the top.”
Verstappen also claims that he isn’t feeling any pressure from being part of Red Bull’s tough development programme.
“The future looks very positive, for next year as well,” he said.
“I’m just enjoying this season, trying to gain a lot of experience and we’ll see where we end up next year.”
After an impressive debut season, Verstappen has gained interest from several bigger teams, Ferrari being one of them. When asked if he was pleased with his rookie season and what he thought about the Ferrari link he replied: “Yeah, and it’s good that other people see it that way.
“It’s always nice to see that your name is up there, even though, I mean, nothing is happening. I am happy where I am at the moment.”
Verstappen will again partner Carlos Sainz Jr. for the 2016 season which will kick off on Friday 18th March.