'Stupid' Verstappen critics silenced - Toro Rosso F1 boss Tost

Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost believes "stupid people" who criticised Max Verstappen as too young for Formula 1 will have been silenced by his first two grands prix

'Stupid' Verstappen critics silenced - Toro Rosso F1 boss Tost

Verstappen, the youngest ever F1 driver at 17, became its youngest scorer as well when he finished seventh in last weekend's Malaysian GP, having qualified sixth in the wet.

Asked by AUTOSPORT if he felt Verstappen's critics were now answered, Tost replied: "I said this in October and November when all the people criticised: he will answer them on the racetrack because the answer on the racetrack means stupid people can understand."

Verstappen's team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr - also an F1 newcomer - has scored points in both the first two races of 2015, and Toro Rosso technical director James Key said the duo do not seem like rookies at all.

"I think the drivers did brilliantly in really difficult conditions," Key told AUTOSPORT.

"But they're both doing exactly what we want them to and the feedback in the race about the tyres is exactly what you want.

"It doesn't feel like they're rookies in many respects.

"There's no major drama behind, they just got on with the job."

Tost added that he has been particularly impressed by Verstappen's and Sainz's work ethic.

"I'm more than happy with both of the drivers," said Tost. "Both of them have done a fantastic job without any mistakes.

"They are open-minded and they want to learn until late at night.

"They want to see what is going on, what's being changed on the car and this understanding helps them perform well.

"They are also very high-skilled drivers."

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