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Published: 15:26 | 16/5/16

Horner impressed with Verstappen


Red Bull team principal Christian Horner expects Max Verstappen to grow in strength following his success at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Promoted from Toro Rosso at the expense of Daniil Kvyat, Verstappen underlined his potential with a stunning win at the Circuit de Catalunya to become the youngest driver to win a Formula 1 race.

The Dutchman's two-stop strategy meant he had to hold off the challenge of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Horner believes the 18-year-old is only going to get better.

"Max's performance from the moment he stepped into the car to the chequered flag has been absolutely exemplary. He hasn't put a wheel wrong. He's been quick, measured, mature. He's defended incredibly well against a seasoned pro like Kimi," Horner said.

"To score his first victory now, becoming the youngest grand prix victor on his debut for the team is fairytale stuff. I suspect he's going to get stronger when he gets more experienced, more familiar in the car. His confidence will grow."

Despite his age, Verstappen impressed his team boss with his calmness in the latter stages of the race.

"I think the biggest aspect of his weekend has been his calmness. We're all getting tense when there's five laps to go, because the tyres were at the end of their life and he's got Kimi breathing down his neck with what looked like obvious advantages," Horner explained.

"He very calmly came on the radio and said 'please can you ask Charlie to deal with the blue flags swiftly'. There was no agitation in his voice, there was no panic, there was no tension. It was a young man who was completely in control of what he was doing."

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