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Red Bull defends hiring 16-year-old

Red Bull have defended their decision to make Dutch teenager Max Verstappen Formula One’s youngest ever driver and say the 16-year-old has already shown he is championship material.

Helmut Marko, motorsport consultant to the champions, told the official formula1.com website yesterday that Red Bull’s sister team Toro Rosso were not taking a risk in putting him in their lineup next year.

Verstappen, who will be 17 next month, is still too young to drive on public roads in his home country and will have experienced only a year of single seater racing when he makes

his first grid appearance in 2015.

“He will be 17 when he has his first race, which is pretty young, but I don’t think it is a risk,”

said Marko.

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