Max Verstappen insists there were no nerves for him as he turned his first wheel as a Red Bull Racing driver during free practice for the Spanish Grand Prix, even if he admits he is yet to find the RB12's limits.
The Dutchman made his much anticipated debut in Red Bull colours around the Circuit de Catalunya, impressing in the TAG-Heuer engined car by setting the sixth fastest time in FP1, just two tenths adrift of new team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.
Going on to set the eighth best time in FP2, Verstappen maintains there is no use in reading into lap times as yet as he is still finding the limit of the RB12, adding that there is much to become accustomed to compared with the Toro Rosso he vacated.
“It is still a bit too early to say really because I have not gone to the limit yet with the car because we are still getting used to it,” he said. “But the seat position is completely different and the functions on the steering wheel, so that is really a big difference.
Coming just over a year after he became the youngest driver to start and score in an F1 race, Verstappen's early promotion has attracted plenty of media scrutiny, but the 18 year-old says it is easy for him to ignore.
“To be honest there were no nerves because I was used to it from last year from my first race, but now of course it is a new car but I was not nervous at all. I just wanted to go out and experience the car.”
Playing down the small margin to team-mate Ricciardo, Verstappen says it isn't his aim to beat the Australian this weekend.
“I don't think it is up for me now to beat him, for me it is just getting used to the car. If I have a good feeling I will do my best, and from there on we will see what happens.”