"When we put Callum next to Max or Charles, I think speed is nearly the same. As pure drivers, they are generally equal."
Those are the words of Frits van Amersfoort, the man whose team ran Formula 1 sensation Max Verstappen in the F3 European Championship in 2014, and followed that by launching next-man-most-likely Charles Leclerc in the category last season. This year, Van Amersfoort Racing has arguably completed a hat-trick of fielding F3's most-exciting talent - and by 'most-exciting' we don't necessarily mean the driver doing all the winning, but instead the most tantalising - in the form of 17-year-old Brit Callum Ilott.
And yet this is the same Ilott - who with two race wins is well in the hunt for second in the championship - ditched by Red Bull junior chief Helmut Marko at the end of 2015.