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Max Verstappen  Netherlands

  • Full name Max Emilian Verstappen
  • Birth date September 30, 1997
  • Birthplace Hasselt, Belgium
  • Current age 17 years 154 days
  • Relation Father - J Verstappen
  • Current team Toro Rosso
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Max Verstappen will become the youngest F1 driver in history when he drives for Toro Rosso in 2015, an announcement that was made in August 2014. The highly-rated Verstappen has enjoyed a meteoric rise which saw him sought after by Mercedes and Red Bull in 2014, before he opted to join the latter's Young Driver Programme.

The son of former F1 driver Jos, Verstappen was a karting sensation who was elevated to European Formula 3 in 2014. He proved his karting success was no flash in the pan, winning ten races to finish third behind Esteban Ocon and Tom Blomqvist. Despite it being his first season in open-wheel racing Red Bull racing advisor Helmut Marko had seen enough to promote the exciting Verstappen to Toro Rosso for the 2015 season, which means the Dutch wonderkid will shatter youngest driver records at the opener in Australia - he will be 17 years old.

Verstappen will partner Carlos Sainz Jr in an all-rookie line-up which will start 2015 with a combined age of 37.

Strengths and weaknesses

Verstappen's rapid elevation to Formula One is testimony to the rapid pace he has demonstrated throughout his junior career. Despite being loaded with potential a big weakness is his lack of junior experience - he enters Formula One having not driven in Formula Renault 3.5 or GP2/GP3 - and his tender age . Time will tell whether he has been promoted too early.

Career high

Being promoted to Toro Rosso by Helmut Marko for the 2015 season, being compared to Ayrton Senna in the process.

Career low

Failing to cap his breakout 2014 season with victory at the prestigious Macau Grand Prix after a costly mistake in qualifying.

Quotes

"I think I have a different style to my dad! I think it's more like [Fernando] Alonso. When he needs to be smooth he is smooth. If he needs to save the tyres he saves the tyres. When he needs to be aggressive he is aggressive. But it is all under control." -Verstappen on his driving style in 2014

Trivia

Verstappen will use number 33 throughout his career. It was a number he used to drive with in his karting days.

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March 1, 2015

Max Verstappen on track in the fading light

March 1, 2015

Max Verstappen looks out of the cockpit of his Toro Rosso

February 21, 2015

Lewis Hamilton stalks Toro Rosso's Max Verstappen

     

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