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Max Verstappen gets Zandvoort F3 Masters drive with Motopark

Max Verstappen

Formula 3 star Max Verstappen has joined top German team Motopark to contest July's Zandvoort Masters, the race his father Jos won in 1993.

The 16-year-old Dutchman rejoins the Oschersleben-based squad, with which he had his first F3 test at Valencia last December.

Verstappen is a race winner in the F3 European Championship this season with Van Amersfoort Racing, but the European teams could not contest the July 6 Zandvoort event because they have a championship race the following weekend at Moscow Raceway, and teams could not transport their cars to the Russian venue in time.

The Zandvoort event is therefore for cars using older-spec engines this year, with most of the machinery coming from the British and German championships.

Van Amersfoort, which also runs in German F3, could not provide a car for Verstappen, so he lined up a deal with Motopark.

"I'm thrilled that I can compete in the Zandvoort Masters with Motopark," said Verstappen.

"With this team I had my first F3 test and we have a good relationship from that.

"I'm absolutely confident that we can achieve a good result and hopefully there'll be a lot of fans at Zandvoort."

Motopark boss Timo Rumpfkeil added: "I've followed Max's successes closely for a long time, because I've known Jos for years.

"Max is obviously very talented and doing great in F3 against the odds, much better than anyone dared hope. That's amazing - there's nothing to add."

The full entry list for the Zandvoort Masters is expected to be announced this Thursday.

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