F1 summer break? Time to get the learner plates on

Tue Jul 28, 2015 11:34am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - While Formula One rivals head to the sea or mountains at the start of the August break, Max Verstappen has some driving lessons on the horizon.

The Dutch 17-year-old, fourth for Toro Rosso in Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix, will have to wait for his 18th birthday in September before he can pass his test but he can at least get the tuition in.

"I'm doing my lessons in the summer break," the youngest ever grand prix driver said as the season reached the halfway point in Hungary.

"With the F1 schedule it has been difficult to fit everything in so I've had to wait for the break.

"You need a minimum six or seven hours driving under the laws in Belgium, where I live, and I hope that's all I need. We'll see."

The conversation between driving instructor and a pupil more used to reaching speeds in excess of 300kph and braking as late as possible can only be imagined.

World champion Lewis Hamilton, who had a nightmare in Hungary but increased his lead over Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg to 21 points, was already enjoying his break.

The Briton posted a picture of himself on Twitter tucking into a hearty al fresco breakfast.   Continued...

Toro Rosso's Max Verstappen of Netherlands during practice. Formula One - F1 - British Grand Prix 2015 - Silverstone, England - 3/7/15. Reuters / Andrew Yates