Max Verstappen attracting F1 interest, says father Jos

Max Verstappen

Former F1 racer Jos Verstappen says his son Max has already made a name for himself in the F1 paddock and is attracting the interest of grand prix teams.

16-year-old Max is currently one of the hottest properties in junior motorsport. The Dutchman, who is in his first full year of single-seater racing, has scored seven wins in the ultra-competitive European F3 Championship and sits second in the standings to Frenchman Esteban Ocon.

The Verstappens were in attendance for last weekend’s German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, where Jos says there was significant interest in his son from a number of well-known paddock figures.

"They seemed to know everything about Max," said the former Benetton and Arrows F1 driver, "which is very nice to see. Max is hot, that much is clear."

And the De Telegraaf newspaper also reports the that the Verstappens met with Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko, sparking rumours that the energy drink company could be set to swoop for the teenager.

Verstappen is not currently affiliated with a major young driver programme, though he did contest the Ferrari Driver Academy’s Florida Winter Series last year, competing against the likes of the Scudeira’ protege Raffaele Marciello.

The Dutchman will be back in European F3 action when the series travels to the Red Bull Ring over the weekend of August 2/3.