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Published: 11:04 | 6/5/16

Verstappen relaxed over Red Bull move


Max Verstappen has no expectations following his surprise promotion to Red Bull.

Verstappen became the youngest driver in the history of Formula 1 when he joined Toro Rosso at the age of 17 last year and just over a year later he has made the jump to the senior team at the expense of Daniil Kvyat.

The decision to promote Verstappen to Red Bull came just four days after Kvyat's disastrous Russian Grand Prix where he crashed into Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel twice within two corners.

Interest from Mercedes and Ferrari is understood to be one of the reasons for Verstappen's promotion and the young Dutch driver admits he was as surprised as anyone by his move to Red Bull.

"Well, of course I was very happy,. A bit shocked as well," Verstappen told Red Bull's official website.

"I didn't expect it, but yes I'm very happy with the opportunity of course. I have to say a big thank you to Red Bull and Dr Helmut Marko and now I just can't wait to jump into the car."

Verstappen caught the eye of Red Bull's rivals during an impressive debut season in Formula 1, but he insists he had no desire to move away from the team.

"To be honest, I was always very happy at Red Bull. I never saw reason to change and of course with this opportunity there is no reason to change so I'm happy to be here," he said.

Verstappen will race for Red Bull for the first time at the Spanish Grand Prix and he will use the first few races to get to grips with the new car.

" I have never driven the RB12 before, it will be a new experience and there are a lot of procedures to learn, but I'm up for it. I go there with no expectations to be honest. I just want to adapt to the car, understand it better and better every session and like I said before, study the data and see what my teammate is doing because the most important thing is to score points."

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