Sergio Perez has advised Max Verstappen to make the most of every opportunity given to him in his career as "you don't know if you are going to be in the right team at the right moment".
Perez is enjoying a career revival at Force India, where he has claimed two memorable podiums since joining, after being unceremoniously dropped by McLaren in 2013. Eighteen-year-old Verstappen was the stand-out rookie of 2015, finishing fourth on two occasions, and is reportedly being targeted by Mercedes and Ferrari for a future drive.
One of the highlights of Verstappen's career was his pass on Perez during the Brazilian Grand Prix and the Mexican driver is tipping the teenage sensation to keep getting better.
"I think Max is going to get better through the years, not only Max but the young drivers coming in," Perez said. "It depends on the opportunities. There are so many things happening in the career of the driver. What I recommend to them is to keep learning, keep improving race-by-race, year-by-year and maximise opportunities in your career.
"You don't know if you are going to be in the right team at the right moment, but no-one knows. Only a few people are lucky enough to get that so you need to maximise every opportunity you have and develop as a driver every year."
Verstappen will partner Carlos Sainz at Toro Rosso for a second year in 2016 as the team makes the switch to year-old Ferrari engines.