Max in no hurry to step up

With Ferrari and Mercedes keeping tabs on him and backed by Red Bull it is only time before Max Verstappen joins a top team but he's in no hurry for that to happen.

The 18-year-old entered Formula 1 this season with Red Bull's junior team Toro Rosso and has impressed many in the paddock.

Scoring 47 points, with his best result two fourth-placed finishes, he is tenth in the Drivers' standings with two races remaining.

His performances have led to reports that both Ferrari and Mercedes are eyeing him up for the future while Red Bull could also bring him up to their senior team.

For now, though, Verstappen says he's happy learning his craft at Toro Rosso.

"I'm never in a hurry but of course if you have two fourth places and you are very close to the podium, you want to be on it," he explained.

"But I still have a lot of things to learn and I'm really happy where I am right now.

"Hopefully in a couple of years I can fight for victories, I think everybody wants that."

Asked to assess both his growth in his debut campaign, the Dutchman reckons he has improved in all areas throughout the course of the season.

"I think in every area I improved. Especially after only one season in lower categories, when you make the jump to F1, I think the raw speed is there, it's just you need to develop in all the other areas – and I think I coped with that pretty well.

"So I’m pretty happy with how the whole season went in general. I improved in everything.

"Qualifying I think especially, that’s all going well now but all the areas, especially with the help of the team, it’s going much better and I expected it to be like that because I am still very young and I have a lot of things to learn."

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