Max Verstappen says he was "prepared" for the waves of criticism about his formula one debut in 2015.
News that the 16-year-old Dutchman will make history as the sport's youngest ever race driver for Toro Rosso next year has been controversial.
Even his predecessor at the second Red Bull team, Daniel Ricciardo, has his doubts.
"I think Verstappen will answer on the track at the time of his debut and the months after it," the Australian said as he accepted the Lorenzo Bandini award in Italy.
"For me, I think a driver in formula one at 17 is too young, but that's only my personal opinion so it may be different, we'll see. For me, it's too young," the 25-year-old...
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