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My driving style is like Alonso's - Verstappen

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Toro Rosso prodigy Max Verstappen believes he has a driving style akin to Fernando Alonso.

Verstappen will race alongside Daniil Kvyat at Toro Rosso next year and, at 17-years-old, will be the youngest driver ever to take part in a Formula One race. It will represent a massive step up from Formula 3 where he is currently racing, but he believes he has the skills to be among the very best in the sport, and not like his father Jos.

"I think I have a different style to my dad! I think it's more like Alonso," Verstappen said. "When he needs to be smooth he is smooth. If he needs to save the tyres he saves the tyres. When he needs to be aggressive he is aggressive. But it is all under control. That's what I like and that's what I have proven in F3 over the last few weekends, so I think I am more like him."

Verstappen is still at school and under normal circumstances would be preparing to take exams next year.

"I still need to do one more year [of school]," he said. "I still need to plan how I'm going to do that, but we will see."

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