Red Bull has signed 15-year-old SMP Formula 4 race winner Richard Verschoor to its junior program, partly off the back of his performance on Formula 1’s Russian Grand Prix support bill.
The Dutch racer won the opening round of the SMP F4 season at Sochi – his car racing debut – two weeks ago, before crashing out of Race 2 while battling for the lead.
In a statement Red Bull revealed: “One of the reasons for his invitation to join the Junior Team was his superb performance at the opening round in Sochi where he qualified on pole and won race one at the start of his first open wheel season.”
Verschoor said he was surprised to get the offer from Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko during the Russian GP weekend.
“I was asked for a meeting in Red Bull’s hospitality after the first round in Sochi, and I did not expect Helmut Marko to ask me to join the Red Bull Junior Team,” he said. “It’s a huge honor, and after my last race in Sochi which I did not finish, I was not even thinking about something like this. Red Bull scouts good drivers and brings them to the top, so it’s an amazing opportunity to be part of that family.
“My goal is to win the championship in 2016, then we will see what the future is made of. I will give everything I have to show Helmut Marko that I deserve his trust.”
Verschoor will add races in the German ADAC F4 series to his schedule for 2016, racing for Motopark alongside his SMP F4 campaign with MP Motorsport.