Verstappen completes first F1 run as aims for FP1 sessions in 2014

16-year-old Max Verstappen seen in the paddock during the 2014 Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium.

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Max Verstappen had his first F1 outing on Tuesday at Rockingham Motor Speedway in England – still some 35 days short of his 17th birthday.

The Dutchman drove the Red Bull RB7 demo car, with which he will make his first public appearance at the Rotterdam street event this weekend. The car will be in Toro Rosso rather than Red Bull livery in Holland, and today’s run was mainly to get him familiar with the controls.

Red Bull has often used former Champ Car venue Rockingham for shakedown and straightline running in the past.

Verstappen has to complete 300kms of proper F1 running in order to get a superlicence that will allow him to do FP1 sessions in the current car at the end of the season.