Max and his father Joss are used to danger having both competed in premier class of single seater racing. Yet the least dangerous part of each season should be during the winter when the drivers have around three months without any on track action.
Yet it appears the Red Bull young driver programme protégé and his family escaped serious danger during their winter break in the UAE. Max and his family were having dinner in the immediate vicinity of ‘The Address” skyscraper hotel and restaurants on New Years Eve when the fire broke out which destroyed much of the 63 story iconic building.
Dutch publication De Telegraph reports, Joss, Max and his girlfriend had to make a hurried escape as flames engulfed “The Address”. They returned to their hotel nearby and watched the fire, an experience which Max described as “pretty scary”.
Verstappen will soon be behind the wheel of the new Torro Rosso car, which has undergone some fundamental re-designs due to the switch in 2016 from Renault to Ferrari power. The new power unit and gearbox requires a greater distance from the MGU-K than did the Renault 2015 PU. The result is a longer wheel based chassis though the short nose design will be retained.
Verstappen believes even though Toro Rosso will be using the 2015 Ferrari power unit, whilst Sauber and Haas have the latest iteration, the team will still be able to progress up the grid. “I think we will make a bigger step compared to other teams who already have Ferrari or Mercedes power. I don’t think they will find that much in the engine, compared to what we will gain in the engine,” claims the dutch driver .
If this is the case, then the Red Bull junior team may well cause some red faces in Milton Keynes. However the likelihood of Toro Rosso consistently finishing ahead of RBR this year is but a fantasy at present.
Torro Rosso will also benefit from the installation of the old Red Bull Racing simulator, which has been replaced by one capable of running in conjunction with the AVL Virtual test Track installed in Milton Keynes.