Max Verstappen – The Spanish driver of the Suzuki Maverick Vinales is the fastest in the first practice session on the Barcelona circuit. Here, Sunday there will be the Grand Prix of Catalunya. Second place for Jorge Lorenzo and third for Valentino Rossi, both on Yamaha motorcycle. Maverick Vinales stopped the clock at 1 ‘42.065. Only the seventh time for the other Spaniard Marc Marquez, who rides for Honda. Andrea Iannone on Ducati was sixth, while the other Italian Andrea Dovizioso, also riding a Ducati, did the 13th time, more than a second from Vinales.
During the traditional Moto GP’s press conference on Thursday, Valentino Rossi has wanted to commend a young champion of Formula 1, Max Verstappen. The Dutch won in Barcelona his first GP in F1 last month. In Spain, Max Verstappen has become the youngest winner of a Grand Prix (Vettel in 21 years the previous record). Now, given the young age, he can become the Formula 1 champion of the future. Rossi won his first GP at 17 years and his first World Championship in 18, in 125 classes. In which year was born Max. “I always dream the F1. For me it is normal. Everyone speaks well of Max.” Rossi said. “I already knew him. He ran with the go-cart. He won so many titles.”
Max Verstappen could meet Rossi in Assen
Then, he back on the race in Barcelona. “Max is very young and very fast. He did in a great race in Barcelona. It was gorgeous. He won and was his first race in F1. Amazing!” adds Rossi. It is now thought that Verstappen may go in Rossi’s box during the next Dutch GP, scheduled for June 26. “He got lucky. The two Mercedes had had an accident. However, he was very fast. I did not understand whether there will be in Assen. If he will be, I will be very happy to meet him.”