Verstappen unfazed about using 2015 Ferrari power

Max Verstappen is unfazed about his team using 2015 Ferrari power units and believes his Scuderia Toro Rosso team will make bigger gains this season compared to those teams who will be using the 2016 Ferrari power unit.

Toro Rosso switched over from Renault power to the 2015 Ferrari power unit for the 2016 Formula 1 season due to poor reliability and poor performance levels, but Dutch teenager Verstappen, who will be racing in his second season of F1 in 2016 after a strong debut year, reckons the team will find more performance in comparison to their fellow Ferrari customer teams Sauber and Haas.

“I think we will make a bigger step compared to other teams who already have Ferrari or Mercedes power,” said Verstappen to Autosport. “I don’t think they will find that much in the engine, compared to what we will gain in the engine.

“It will be a bit better for us and it’s definitely going to help us. Hopefully our car is good again – but it’s always about waiting and we will only see in the first race weekend.

“I’m really looking forward to next season. It gives you an extra motivation again to work hard in the winter time and get physically even better.”