The teenager proving Red Bull wrong

The teenager proving Red Bull wrong

Failing to 'do a Max Verstappen' as a car racing rookie in Formula 3 cost Briton Callum Ilott the backing of Red Bull last year, but his response in 2016 suggests Helmut Marko might have been too hasty in pulling the plug

"When we put Callum next to Max or Charles, I think speed is nearly the same. As pure drivers, they are generally equal."

Those are the words of Frits van Amersfoort, the man whose team ran Formula 1 sensation Max Verstappen in the F3 European Championship in 2014, and followed that by launching next-man-most-likely Charles Leclerc in the category last season. This year, Van Amersfoort Racing has arguably completed a hat-trick of fielding F3's most-exciting talent - and by 'most-exciting' we don't necessarily mean the driver doing all the winning, but instead the most tantalising - in the form of 17-year-old Brit Callum Ilott.

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