Young Dutchman Max Verstappen, who scored his first FF1M points at the British Grand Prix, will remain with the struggling Willows team in 2017 it emerged in Budapest tonight.
Verstappen, in his first season in FF1M, struggled early on against his team mate Stoffel Vandoorne in qualifying but has recently gotten the better of his Belgian team mate, qualifying higher that Vandoorne in the last seven races. It is clearly this showing of potential, along with Verstappen’s recent points haul, that has convinced team boss Joseph Willows to keep the driver on for another season.
Shortly after his duties in the commentary box finished today Willows commented on the breaking news “I’m very happy to keep Max onboard for 2017. It has been a very tough year for the team, but it’s clear that Max still believes in us and I think his performance at Silverstone proved that. Hopefully we can give him a better car for next season”.
Willows Racing recently announced that they would part company with manufacturer partner Ilmor at the end of the season, and have instead signed a customer deal with Judd for 2017.