Max Verstappen feels Red Bull took a larger gamble handing him his Formula 1 debut last year than his promotion into the top team at the expense of Daniil Kvyat.
The Dutch teenager grabbed the headlines before even turning a wheel in F1 when he landed a race seat with Toro Rosso last season and broke the record of the youngest driver to start an F1 Grand Prix at 17 years and 166 days.
Verstappen, who fully validated Red Bull's decision with an impressive rookie campaign which brought a series of personal accolades, has been switched up to the Red Bull squad with Daniil Kvyat heading in the opposite direction to Toro Rosso just four races into the year.
The Dutch driver says he expects to be able to manage the pressure of driving for the top team and feels it was a larger risk by Red Bull to hand him his debut despite just one season in single seater racing.
“I'm very happy with the chance they have given me,” Verstappen said. “I'm racing for a top team which was always the plan and what I wanted to do. I think it was a bigger risk to be so young making my debut in Formula 1 but I thought I handled it pretty well and now it is about getting used to a new car.
“It is not easy with midway through a season but the things I've already done at the factory have given me a lot of confidence. It will come race by race but I will definitely enjoy it.
Verstappen's fast track to the Red Bull squad has been viewed as a way to fight off interest from Ferrari, while he has reiterated his pleasure at Red Bull and being given the opportunity of the bigger challenge.
“I've always been very happy with Red Bull and now they have given me a chance to be in the top team there is no reason to change,” he said. “I will try to continue like that as I'm very happy at the moment.
"I think so far Red Bull has guided me in the right way and I feel very comfortable. If you are happy you can perform even better so I hope to keep it that way.”