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2015-05-06 06:23

YOUNGEST F1 DRIVER YET: Teenager Max Verstappen has entered four GP's, grabbed six points, and his highest race finish to date is seventh. Image: AP / Jorge Guerrero

LONDON, England - Mika Hakkinen has admitted he was wrong about rookie Max Verstappen.

When Red Bull announced in August 2014 that the 17-year-old would make his debut for Toro Rosso in 2015 Hakkinen said: "In no case is a driver ready for Formula 1 at 17."

The former McLaren driver and double Formula 1 champion said back then: "As a manager or a father, I would never let a driver as young as that race in F1."


Four races into Verstappen's GP career, however, the teenage driver is the youngest F1 points-scorer and is being hailed as "a potential Ayrton Senna".

Hakkinen told the Spanish sports daily Marca on Monday (May 4 2015): "I'm happy to admit I was wrong. It is an example that times have changed. F1 technology is now very powerful and the information the drivers get is much higher - amazing - which you can study to become a better driver.

"Everything is better-organised, you can test in the simulator all day and in any conditions... I'm not saying it's easier now but it is more possible to come in and reach a high level."

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