Max Verstappen  Netherlands

  • Full name Max Emilian Verstappen
  • Birth date September 30, 1997
  • Birthplace Hasselt, Belgium
  • Current age 18 years 303 days
  • Relation Father - J Verstappen
  • Current team Red Bull
  • Previous teams Toro Rosso
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2016 World Championship
# Grand Prix Circuit Date Car Pos Pts Qual FL
1 Australia Albert Park March 20 Toro Rosso (STR11) 10 1 5
2 Bahrain BIC April 3 Toro Rosso (STR11) 6 8 10
3 China Shanghai April 17 Toro Rosso (STR11) 8 4 9
4 Russia Sochi May 1 Toro Rosso (STR11) ret 9
5 Spain Catalunya May 15 Red Bull (RB12) 1 25 4
6 Monaco Monaco May 29 Red Bull (RB12) ret 21
7 Canada Gilles Villeneuve June 12 Red Bull (RB12) 4 12 5
8 Europe Baku June 19 Red Bull (RB12) 8 4 9
9 Austria Spielberg July 3 Red Bull (RB12) 2 18 8
10 Great Britain Silverstone July 10 Red Bull (RB12) 2 18 3
11 Hungary Hungaroring July 24 Red Bull (RB12) 5 10 4
World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
2015 Toro Rosso 19 19 0 0 14 4 0 0 6 0 0 49 12
2016 Toro Rosso, Red Bull 11 11 1 3 9 1 0 0 3 0 0 100 6*
Total 30 30 1 3 23 1 0 0 3 0 0 149
Race Circuit Date
First race Australian Grand Prix Albert Park March 15, 2015 Race results
Last race Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring July 24, 2016 Race results
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Max Verstappen became the youngest F1 driver in history when he started his career with Toro Rosso in 2015. The highly-rated Verstappen 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 saw enough potential to promote the exciting Verstappen to Toro Rosso for the 2015 season alongside Sainz.

His first season proved to be as dramatic to watch as his progress through the junior ranks with a combination of impressive results, big crashes and outlandish overtaking manoeuvres. He finished the season with two fourth-place finishes to his name and 12th place overall in the drivers' standings.

Strengths and weaknesses His impressive first season proved he is quick enough to be in F1, although accidents in Monaco and Silverstone underlined his lack of experience. He is undoubtedly a star of the future.

Career high
Being promoted to Toro Rosso by Helmut Marko for the 2015 season and 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.

"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

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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