Max Verstappen says driving alongside Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo has forced him to raise his game.

Verstappen won the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix in his debut race for the team aged just 18 earlier this year, becoming the youngest-ever winner of a Formula One race in the process.

The Dutch driver stepped up from feeder team Toro Rosso and admits having Ricciardo as his fellow Red Bull driver has increased the pressure on him.

“You shouldn’t forget I’m driving next to someone who’s very quick, so it’s a different approach for me now,” he said.

“I have to up my game compared to where I was before in Toro Rosso because he [Ricciardo] is very quick.”

Verstappen was promoted to second in last weekend’s British Grand Prix after Nico Rosberg’s demotion down to third and the youngster was also second in Austria in the previous race.

Ricciardo’s best performance this year came at Monaco, when he finished second, while he has managed five fourth-place finishes so far in 2016.

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