Max Verstappen would love to have Jean-Eric Vergne continue with Toro Rosso next season and be his teammate.
The son of former world champion Jos, Verstappen will make history when he becomes the youngest driver behind the wheel of a Formula One car when he starts for Toro Rosso next season but the identity of his teammate at the Italian side has not yet been confirmed.
Daniil Kyvat was set to be retained by the team for the new season until Sebastian Vettel announced his decision to quit Red Bull Racing which saw the young Russian promoted to the Austrian side.
Alex Lynn, Carlos Sainz Jr. and several other drivers for Junior Red Bull are in contention to secure a seat at Toro Rosso next season but the 17 year old would rather have the experienced head of Jean-Eric Vergne partnering him rather than another rookie.
Verstappen said that it will be better for the team if it retained the experienced Vergne and he hopes that the Frenchman does stay with the team. He added that at the end of it all, it would also be great for him because he has a lot of experience in the sport and could help him improve as a driver as well.
The 17 year old said that he believes the Frenchman is a great talent, otherwise he wouldn’t have made it to the grid in Formula One and he thinks Vergne should be given the chance to continue in Formula One.
Verstappen also mentioned that he got to know the Frenchman when he signed up for the Junior Red Bull and he gets on very well with him. He added that he is very friendly to him and he appreciates it a lot and he can learn a lot from him as well.