|Team||Red Bull Racing|
|Date of Birth||30 Sep 1997|
|F1 Debut||Australia 2015 with Toro Rosso|
|F1 Team||Toro Rosso, Red Bull Racing|
Verstappen in Singapore:
2015 Toro Rosso: qualified 8th, finished 8th
2016 Red Bull: qualified 4th, finished 6th
A world champion in the making
At 17 years, 166 days, Max Verstappen became the youngest driver to ever start a Formula One race when he lined up on the grid for the 2015 Australian Grand Prix, breaking Jaime Alguersuari’s record by almost two years.
The Dutchman, son of former F1 driver Jos, took part in a number of free practice sessions for Toro Rosso in 2014 as preparation for his debut. Alongside those duties, he contested the European F3 championship, winning 10 races, which was more than any other driver, on his way to third place in the championship.
Verstappen made an instant impression in Formula One during his rookie year. He finished 12th in the drivers’ championship with 49 points and scored two impressive fourth place finishes in Hungary and America. The young Dutchman’s aggressive and exciting overtaking throughout the year was a big hit with fans of the sport and he is already being spoken of as a future world champion.
He made even more headlines in 2016 when Red Bull plucked him from Toro Rosso after four races and he promptly won his first grand prix for the team. Verstappen also showed he is not willing to back down without a serious fight and, alongside his searing speed, he can be expected to cause more drama in 2017.