“Wanted to cement long-term future”: Horner discusses Verstappen’s shock promotion in 2016

Max Verstappen is currently one of the most prominent personalities on the F1 grid. At 23 years of age, he is leading the fight for Red Bull’s attempt at the title.

He has also been giving a tough time to Lewis Hamilton this season.

Verstappen began his journey in F1 at the age of 17 with Toro Rosso. He had a great season in 2015 which got him a promotion to Red Bull in 2016.

Max Verstappen. Source: thesportsrush.com

However, this promotion happened in an unlikely manner after Daniil Kvyat dropped to Toro Rosso after just four races into the season.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner spoke about this event in detail.

Verstappen was promoted to “cement long-term future”

Back in 2016, Red Bull confirmed Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo as their drivers. After three races in the season, Kvyat was ahead of Ricciardo.

Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo. Source: planetf1.com

Unfortunately, a disaster-filled Russian Grand Prix led Kvyat to switch with Verstappen for the rest of the season.

Christian Horner was present at the time of the switch gives insight into what went down during the time.

He said, “Danny Kvyat obviously had a difficult start to the year and we decided to make the switch. It was a set of circumstances that played out and we wanted to cement Max’s long-term future.”

Excited for the future: Verstappen

After his debut with Red Bull, Verstappen managed to win the Spanish Grand Prix in 2016. This made him the youngest race winner in the history of Formula 1.

Since that day, the Dutchman has been the primary driver for the outfit fighting for the title year after year.

Max Verstappen of Red Bull. Source: gpfans.com

The current season could be the one where he takes home the prize.

The Dutchman said, “I’m really excited for the future. I think we already have a good base right now and it can only get better.”

Verstappen is currently in a nail-biting fight with Lewis Hamilton. The Brit has won three out of the four races this season.

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