AlphaTauri boss Franz Tost decided to sign Max Verstappen in 2015. In those moments it was difficult to assess whether it was really a good decision, and there were different reactions. Speaking to the F1 Nation Podcast, Tost revealed that his colleagues were skeptical and thought it was a 'crazy move'
"Then of course Max [Verstappen]. Max because of his unbelievable speed,” he said, as quoted by crash.net! “When we brought him to Formula 1, I remember back some of your colleagues came to me and said you’re totally crazy, how can you take someone who doesn’t even have a driver’s licence?"
Franz Tost didn't want to discuss
Franz Tost did not want to argue or discuss much.
He was convinced that he had made the right decision. It turned out to be probably the best decision of his career. Tost told his colleagues to wait a few years and see for themselves the talent of Max Verstappen. “And I said, I don’t want to discuss this with you now, come in five years and then we can discuss it because then I got tired of defending our decision.
This unbelievable natural speed, you could see, sometimes in Formula 3, I remember back at this wet race at the Norisring, I thought Max was driving on a dry line because he was two seconds faster than the rest." Max Verstappen's dominance as a boy reminded him of that of Michael Schumacher.
The Dutchman was much ahead of his peers. “This reminded me also of when Michael Schumacher won the Formula 4 race at the Salzburg Ring in similar conditions and he was also two, three seconds faster than the rest. And then this is important for me, I want to see what a driver is doing in our car”. - Tost concluded.