At just 18 years old Max Verstappen has exceeded everyone’s expectations in his first year of F1 racing, even his own! He won the Spanish Grand Prix after switching from Toro Rosso to Red Bull. They announced he would replace Daniil Kyvat and qualified in 4th position. Verstappen became the youngest driver ever to win a Formula One Grand Prix at the age of 18 years and 227 days.
Name: Max Emilian Verstappen
Date of Birth: 30th September 1997
- He competed in Formula One for more than half a season without a road drivers license which he obtained on his 18th birthday
- In just 24 grands prix he’s the most successful driver his country has ever had
- At 17 years and 166 days he’s the youngest ever to drive in F1
- He was born in 1997 – anyone else feel old?
Max’s father Jos competed in Formula One for Tyrrell just 10 days after Max was born.
His father married a Belgian kart driver by the name of Sophie Kumpen, Max’s mother. Her cousin is Nascar Whelan Euro Series racing drive Anthony Kumpen and her uncle is a form GT endurance rally driver.
Jos Verstappen had 106 starts in F1 but never won a race and only managed to make the podium on two occasions.
It’s been a crazy year in sport, especially Football. Verstappen has been tipped to become a future Formula 1 World Champion.
He’s currently only 40/1 with BetVictor to win the drivers championship this year. After Leicester won the Premier League at 5000/1 I don’t blame anybody who fancies a few quid on the future superstar.
— Max Verstappen (@Max33Verstappen) 15 May 2016