29 March 2015
F1 Malaysian Grand Prix: Verstappen makes history at 17 in confident style
At 17 years-old, Max Verstappen becomes the youngest driver to score in an F1 race and comfortably out-performs Red Bull in Malaysia.
Max Verstappen has become the youngest driver to score points in a Formula 1 World Championship race after a confident run to seventh position, ahead of the Red Bulls, in the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Aged just 17 years-old, Verstappen's youth has been a much discussed topic of F1 2015, but the Dutchman would go a long way to proving his place in the sport at Sepang by qualifying in sixth position before going on to get embroiled in a series of race tussles en route to seventh.
Indeed, Verstappen would show notable confidence and style in a number of his battles, pulling off a series of strong overtakes, including on Daniel Ricciardo and team-mate Carlos Sainz.
With seventh place successfully etching his place in the history books, though the man himself is relatively unmoved by the landmark, he is thrilled with the result.
“It was really difficult in the first few laps, I as struggling a lot on the medium tyres, so we decided to box and go for the hard,” he said. “It was the best choice for me. We had some good fights ad I was enjoying that a lot and at the end the pace of the car was quite good, so I am really happy.
“[Being] the youngest for me doesn't really matter, I am just really happy to score points, especially in seventh and ahead of Red Bull, I think we did a great job as a team.”
Indeed, Verstappen admits he took pleasure from both himself and Sainz finishing the race as 'best of the rest', ahead of Red Bull.
“P7 was the maximum for us behind Mercedes, Ferrari and Williams, as they are a bit too fast at the moment, but we are the best o the rest, so I think we did a good job.”
Verstappen also reflected on a moment that very nearly ended his race when he misjudged the entrance to the pit lane and ran wide over the grass.
“I didn't realise the tyres were that much off! I lost the rears and then you come onto the marbles, so I went off and I thought 'oh no', but luckily there was extra tarmac.”
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