One year ago this weekend, Max Verstappen was confirmed as the youngest ever F1 driver and, while some questioned Toro Rosso's wisdom in hiring a teenager straight out of F3, the Dutchman is ready to continue proving the decision was the right one.

Verstappen, who won't turn 18 until after the F1 circus has headed into its late-season 'flyaway' schedule, will arrive at Spa-Francorchamps for this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix still basking in the glow of finishing fourth at the final race before the summer break, leaving him just a point shy of the championship top ten. Although he admits that Budapest was always likely to be good to Toro Rosso, he continues to exude confidence for the remainder of the season.

"The Hungaroring was clearly a good track for us from a performance and point-scoring point of view," he admitted, "Spa will be much harder as it doesn't suit our car that well, but we will make sure we work hard to achieve the best result possible. The P4 in Hungary definitely gives us all extra motivation!"

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Being confirmed as an F1 driver at Spa only added to the good memories Verstappen has of the Belgian circuit, and he is keen to add to the positive vibe he has from what is the closest he has to a home circuit.

"It's a day I will never forget but, wow, I can't believe it's already been a year!" he reflected, "I've learned so much in such a little space of time, and it's amazing how time flies to be honest!"

"Spa's such an amazing track to drive - it's unique! It has some very challenging and fun corners, like Eau Rouge, and the home crowd just make it even more special. I am really looking forward to the weekend ahead. I raced there last year during my F3 season and we won all three races that weekend. It felt great so, hopefully, we can score some more points and continue with our good performances in Spa!"