Max Verstappen: Profile
Verstappen was born on September 30, 1997 in Haselt, Belgium where he grew up near the Dutch border.
The 23-year-old comes from a racing background with his father, Jos Verstappen, an ex-Formula 1 driver.
Verstappen opted to race with a Dutch racing licence due to his duel nationality, with his father coming from the Netherlands and his mother from Belgium.
His racing career started at the age of four when he took up go-karting and competed in numerous junior events before entering Formula 1.
Max Verstappen: Red Bull career
Verstappen first stepped into Formula 1 in August 2014 when he joined Red Bull’s junior team, declining an offer from Mercedes in the process.
He became the youngest driver to take part in an F1 weekend after competing in a free practice ahead of the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.
In 2015, he took on his first full-time F1 driver role with Scuderia Toro Rosso, now AlphaTauri, who are a part of the Red Bull group.
In this campaign he established himself as one of F1’s most talented youngsters before securing a seat with Red Bull in 2016.
In his first race with Red Bull, the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix, Verstappen became the youngest driver ever to win a Formula One Grand Prix at the age of 18 years and 228 days.
Between 2016 and 2020 Verstappen improved almost every year after finishing 5th, 6th, 4th, 3rd and 3rd.
In 2021, he’ll be hoping to secure his first Drivers’ Championship
Max Verstappen: F1 record
- Grand Prix’s entered: 140
- Points achieved: 1531.5
- Podium finishes: 59
- Highest Drivers’ Championship finish: 3rd
- World championships: 1