Max Verstappen says he is only focusing on gaining experience when he makes his FP1 debut in F1 for Toro Rosso at the Japanese Grand Prix.
Toro Rosso announced on Monday that Verstappen will drive in Friday's first practice session
as he prepares to make his race debut for the team in 2015. Following that confirmation, Verstappen said it's an opportunity that he is excited about even though the speed of his rise in to F1 has taken him aback.
“I am very much looking forward to taking part in a Free Practice session at a Grand Prix for the first time,” Verstappen said. “It is good preparation for next year, even if it's not something I could have imagined a few months ago.”
And Verstappen - who turns 17 today [Tuesday] - explained he would not be setting any goals other than learning from the track time he will get at Suzuka.
“For me it will be a very valuable experience, spending some time in the car and also getting used to working with everyone in the team, to prepare myself for next year. I am not going there to break any records, I just want to gain experience. I have spent one day driving this track on the simulator, which helps a bit, but it's no substitute for driving it for real.
“My first impression is that it's not an easy track and for example it looks hard to get the combination right in the first Esses. I have one and a half hours to drive there and I'm looking forward to doing a good job, for myself and for the team.”