In 1994 the Benetton Formula One team dropped an underperforming driver halfway through the season in favour of a young charger called Jos Verstappen. Jos was hugely talented but the sudden opportunity with a winning team was arguably too much too soon. Despite his natural speed, Verstappen struggled with inexperience and was dropped by Benetton 4 months later.
Fast forward to 2016 and Red Bull are taking a similar chance with Max Verstappen. The youngest driver in F1 history is a champion in the making but competing alongside Daniel Ricciardo without much preparation will expose him to a lot of pressure and expectation very early in his career. Red Bull have shown they don’t offer many second chances so Verstappen’s big opportunity is also a big risk. Thankfully Max can ask his Dad for advice.