Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen
Country: 
Full Name: 
Max Emilian Verstappen
Birth Date: 
29 September, 1997
Birth Place: 
Hasselt, Belgium
Driver Status: 
Current
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Max Verstappen Biography
 

Born to motor racing parents, with father Jos a former F1 driver and Le Mans 24 Hour winner, it is safe to say racing was in Max’s blood from a very young age.

The Dutchman graduated from karts as a national, European and World champion and at 15 he won the 2013 World KZ championship, the highest category in karting, as he rapidly ascended into single-seater cars.

In January 2014 Verstappen entered the Florida winter series before competing in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship with Van Amersfoort Racing. He ended the season third in the drivers’ standings with 10 wins to his name, the most of any driver on the grid.

Shortly before his 17th birthday Verstappen was announced as a Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver for the 2015 season, which will make him the youngest person ever to compete in the championship. At the 2015 Australian Grand Prix, Verstappen will be just 17 years and 166 days old smashing the previous record held by Jamie Alguersuari by almost two years. The Dutch driver had already become the youngest driver ever to participate in a Grand Prix weekend when we drove during free practice one for Toro Rosso at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.

On his debut, Verstappen ran in the points-scoring positions until he was forced to retire due to an engine failure. However, at the next race in Malaysia, Verstappen qualified sixth and finished seventh, scoring his first Formula 1 points aged 17 years, 180 days and breaking the record of youngest driver to score World Championship points in the process. Strong performances continued throughout the year, including his best-ever result with a fourth-place finish in Hungary, before equalling the same result at the United States Grand Prix.

Following just four races into the 2016 season, Verstappen was promoted to the Red Bull senior team in place of Daniil Kvyat, who returned to Toro Rosso. Verstappen enjoyed the perfect start to life at Red Bull, becoming the youngest-ever driver to win a Grand Prix at the age of 18 years and 228 days, displacing Vettel in the process. The Dutchman turned in a memorable drive at the Brazilian Grand Prix to claim a stunning third place in trecherous conditions, ultimately ending the year fifth in the standings.

Verstappen continued to impress in 2017, despite a series of reliability problems that saw him retire from six rounds. In a strong end to the season, Verstappen added a further two victories to his CV in Malaysia and Mexico and finished no lower than fifth place in the final six races of the campaign.