Max Verstappen delivered an impressive performance on his practice debut in Japan. The Dutchman racked up 22 laps, and was only four tenths slower and two places adrift from his future teammate Daniil Kvyat, before suffering a late engine failure.

Having only turned 17 on Tuesday, he became the youngest driver to have appeared at an F1 weekend, taking the record from Vettel, who raced his first free practice aged 19 years and 53 days.

Verstappen impressed the crowd by finishing his first ever grand prix weekend session in 12th place ahead of the Force India, Lotus and Sauber drivers, and just four-tenths behind regular Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat.

With just a few minutes remaining, plumes of smoke emerged from the rear of the Toro Rosso car, forcing him to stop. Nevertheless, it was an impressive public debut for the Dutch youngster.