Red Bull Motorsport Advisor Helmut Marko has conceded he has "given up" on finding a "new" Max Verstappen after the Milton Keynes-based outfit announced its latest junior signing.
Oliver Goethe will make his first outing in Red Bull colours at this weekend's Macau Grand Prix with Campos Racing.
The 19-year-old finished eighth in F3 for Trident this year having secured the Euroformula title last season, whilst also experiencing success in sportscars.
Red Bull's signing follows a number of changes recently, including the release of former F3 title-winner Dennis Hauger last month.
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Goethe must prove himself
Reacting to the Goethe news, Marko told OE24: "He is a good guy, a German who lives in London and Monte Carlo. He was fast during the test days and next year he will have to prove himself in F3."
But on whether he can compare to such junior success stories such as Verstappen or Sebastian Vettel, Marko said: "Maybe he has a bit of that same cheekiness, but I have already given up looking for a new Verstappen. After all, there is no such thing... I will be happy if we find a future GP winner."