Current Max Verstappen

2015 sees the arrival of the youngest driver ever to sit in an F1 car. Max Verstappen was born on 30th September 1997 and, assuming he makes the grid in Australia, will only be 17 years and 167 days, beating Jaime Alguersuaris' record by 1 year and 323 days (assuming my maths is correct).

How can such a young man be ready for F1? As the son of former F1 driver Jos Verstappen Max started racing karts at 4½ years old. In 2006 he won the Belgian Minimax Championship in the KF5 category and in 2007 he won both the Dutch and Belgian titles as well as the Belgian Cadet Championship.

In 2009 he won the KF5 Flemish Championship and moved up to International Karting. In 2010 Max finished 2nd in the KF3 World Cup, won the Euro Series and the WSK World Series. In 2011 he again won the WSK World Series and moved up the KF2 class winning the WSK Master Series and the South Garda Winter Cup in 2012. In 2013, at 15 years of age, Verstappen won the World KZ Championship, which is highest level of karting.

For 2014 Max moved up to European Formula 3. He finished 3rd in the Championship winning 10 of the 33 races, more than those who finished above him in the title race. Max was recruited into the Red Bull Young Driver Programme in August 2014 and only 6 days later was announced as one of the drivers for Toro Rosso in F1 for 2015. Apparently he was also being courted by Mercedes for their young driver programme so you have to wonder how much the pull of an F1 seat at Toro Rosso drove the decision to go with Red Bull.

Having already taken part in 3 Friday sessions as a test driver Max Verstappen is the youngest person ever to take part in a Grand Prix weekend. If he acquits himself well during 2015 many will say it is an inspired decision. If he turns into a mobile chicane or treats F1 like a destruction derby I'm sure many questions will be asked as to why someone not even old enough to qualify for a driving licence in his home country is allowed to get behind the wheel of a car at the pinnacle of motorsport.

Future Champion? One season (or even one race) wonder? 2015 will be very interesting for Max Verstappen.
 

Il_leone

Champion Elect
Verstappen has essentially come out and told George Russell to shut up about Red Bull as he “knows nothing about the team”...


it’s these sorts of statements that make Verstappen so hard to like - it’s bound to be the case that (long-term friends) Russell and Albon have spoken about the issues; the fact that the second seat at Red Bull has been like a merry-go-round is no coincidence. It seems much like the situation that Max’s father faced at Benetton in 1994, where all the team’s resources were focussed around one driver, with the other left a little in the cold!
You know I just posted that his dad was overrated on the overrated thread and being Schumacher's teammate he probably taught Max make sure the team is behind you and screw your teammate if you have to to be No 1
 

Il_leone

Champion Elect
It's strange how Verstappen told Russell to mind his own business rather than Horner or Marko. Are we now seeing the potential credibility of Verstappen questioned ?
 

Titch

World Champion
Premium Contributor
If he’s ever given a seat in the top team, he would be formidable, but I don’t see that happening.
 

Brogan

Legend
Staff Member

F1Brits_90

Champion Elect
can i maybe chuck something in there that actually he probably right :embarrassed:

because im thinking about it. there is no way he is put in that car at 17 no chance under toto wolff no way, look at Russell he going to be 24 at the earliest before he gets a mercedes seat. & Verstappen undoubtedly under Mercedes wouldve done GP3 battling Ocon & F2 battling Gasly. then joined williams in 2017. so doesnt take bottas seat after Rosberg retirement . he wouldve likely given mercedes an ultimatum in post season of 2018 to give him a more competitive car. they not going to sack bottas. nowhere else as Mercedes power is full. so verstappen leaves the Mercedes program & probally joins Ferrari program. & is teammates with Leclerc in 2020
 

F1Brits_90

Champion Elect
but your assuming that he joins the senior team which i think was extremely unlikely nobody else other than red bull wouldve chucked in the deep end because majority of F1 thought it was dangerous to put him in a F1 car
 

Il_leone

Champion Elect
He is out of contract next season and Red Bull's engine dilemma not resolved he would waste a moment putiing himself in a Merc at first opportunity.

Were Red Bull right to promote him? Yes but he still needs to learn judging by his performance in Turkey and not the finished article
 

FB

Not my cup of cake
Valued Member
Max and JFK, back in the day

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