Max Verstappen joins Red Bull F1 junior programme
|Tuesday, August 12th 2014, 15:09 GMT|
Formula 3 European championship frontrunner Max Verstappen has joined the Red Bull Junior Team with immediate effect.
The Dutch racer, son of ex-Formula 1 driver Jos, has won seven F3 races in his maiden season of car racing.
AUTOSPORT reported last week that his rookie form had attracted interest from Red Bull and Mercedes, and a deal has been struck with the Austrian firm.
"We are very pleased to announce that Max Verstappen has accepted our invitation to join the Red Bull Junior Team," said a statement from Red Bull.
"This is effective immediately and the 16-year-old will continue his Formula 3 campaign at the Nurburgring this weekend as a Red Bull Junior."
Red Bull has also confirmed that Verstappen will compete in the Macau Grand Prix, with his Van Amersfoort Racing team understood to have already had a deal in place for the showpiece F3 event.
Verstappen recently drove an old-spec Formula Renault 3.5 car at the Red Bull Ring, but the energy drinks firm stressed this was simply for photoshoot purposes.