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Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen
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Verstappen in 2014
Born Max Emilian Verstappen
(1997-09-30) 30 September 1997 (age 22)
Hasselt, Belgium
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality 23x15px Dutch
Team Toro Rosso-Renault[1]
Car number 33
Races 6 (6 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 6
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 2015 Australian Grand Prix
Last race 2015 Monaco Grand Prix
Previous series
2014 FIA European Formula Three Championship

Max Emilian Verstappen (Dutch pronunciation: [mɑks eːˈmiliɑn vɛrˈstɑpən]; born 30 September 1997)[2] is a Belgian-Dutch racing driver who competes under the Dutch flag in Formula One with the Scuderia Toro Rosso racing team. Verstappen is the youngest World Championship Grand Prix driver in the history of the sport, having made his début aged 17 years, 166 days, at the 2015 Australian Grand Prix. He is the son of former F1 driver Jos Verstappen.

Family

Verstappen's family has a long association with motor sports. His father, Jos Verstappen, is a former Formula One driver, while his mother Sophie Kumpen was a successful kart driver. She won two Belgian championships and in 1995 the prestigious Trofeo Margutti in Lonato, Italy, competing against drivers such as Jarno Trulli and Giancarlo Fisichella. His grandfather, Robert Kumpen, competed in endurance karting at international level. Robert's brother Paul Kumpen, the godfather of Sophie, is a former rallycross and GT endurance driver and the founder of the Belgian team PK Racing. Paul's son Anthony (Sophie's cousin) is known as the most successful driver at Circuit Zolder. He won the Spa 24 Hours with a Corvette, participated in the Le Mans 24 Hours and became the champion in the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season. In February 2015 he made his American NASCAR debut in the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, finishing 14th in New Smyrna.

Although he was born in the Belgian town of Hasselt to a Dutch father and Belgian mother,[3] lives in Belgium and travels with a Belgian passport, Verstappen decided to compete with a Dutch racing licence as he spent most of his karting time surrounded by Dutch people while growing up in Maaseik, a Belgian town at the Dutch border.[3]

Career history

Karting

Verstappen began karting at age 4½. He competed in the Mini Junior championship of his home province of Limburg (Belgium).[4] In 2006, Verstappen graduated to the Rotax Max Minimax class and won the Belgian championship.[5] In 2007, Verstappen won the Dutch Minimax championship.[6] Racing in a CRG kart entered by his father, Verstappen won the Dutch and Belgian Minimax championship as well as the Belgian Cadet championship.[7][8]

In 2009, Verstappen joined Team Pex Racing, a CRG customer team. That year, he won the Flemish Minimax championship and the Belgian KF5 championship.[9][10] In 2010, Verstappen stepped up to international karting. He was signed by CRG to race in their factory team at world and European championships. At the KF3 World Cup, Verstappen finished second to the more experienced Alexander Albon.[11] Verstappen beat Albon at the WSK Euro Series. He also won the WSK World Series, beating Robert Vişoiu.[12]

In 2011, Verstappen won the WSK Euro Series in a Parilla-powered CRG.[13] In 2012, Verstappen was picked up by the Intrepid Driver Program to race in the KF2 and KZ2 classes. He won the WSK Master Series in the KF2 class, beating CRG driver Felice Tiene.[14] Verstappen won the South Garda Winter Cup in the KF2 class, beating Dennis Olsen and Antonio Fuoco.[15][16]

At the end of 2012, it was announced Verstappen would leave Intrepid. After a short stint with CRG-built Zanardi karts, Verstappen returned to the factory CRG team.[17] He competed at the SKUSA SuperNationals in the KZ2 class in a CRG, finishing 21st. In 2013, Verstappen won the European KF and KZ championships. At the age of 15, Verstappen won the 2013 World KZ championship at Varennes-sur-Allier, France, in KZ1, the highest karting category.

Car racing debut

Verstappen first experience racing a car was at the Pembrey Circuit on October 11, 2013. He drove 160 laps in a Barazi-Epsilon FR2.0-10 Formula Renault car on the first day. The car was provided by Dutch team Manor MP Motorsport.[18] In December 2013, Verstappen tested a Dallara F311 Formula 3 car run by Motopark Academy. Another Formula Renault test came in December at Circuito de Jerez. Driving for Josef Kaufmann Racing, Verstappen went faster than Formula Renault regulars like Steijn Schothorst and Matt Parry.[19] At the Circuit Ricardo Tormo near Valencia, Verstappen set a faster time than more experienced drivers including Tatiana Calderon and Eddie Cheever III.[20]

On January 16, 2014, it was announced Verstappen would make his racing debut in the Florida Winter Series.[21]

Formula Three

In 2014, Verstappen drove in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship for Van Amersfoort Racing.[22] He finished his maiden season in car racing as third behind champion Esteban Ocon and runner-up Tom Blomqvist. Verstappen won ten races, the most of any driver.

Formula One

In August 2014, Verstappen joined the Red Bull Junior Team, having also fielded an offer from Mercedes to join their driver development programme.[23] Six days later, he was confirmed as one of Scuderia Toro Rosso's drivers for the 2015 season.[24] It was confirmed that Carlos Sainz Jr. will be Verstappen's teammate, following Daniil Kvyat's promotion to Red Bull Racing. Verstappen chose 33 as his race number.

2014 season

By taking part in the first free practice at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix, as part of his preparation for a full-time seat with Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2015, Verstappen became the youngest driver to participate at a Grand Prix weekend.[25]

2015 season

In January 2015, the FIA launched a new super licence system for Formula One, that raised the age limit to 18 years old from the 2016 season onwards.[26] By joining the sport a year prior to this licence restriction, in his Grand Prix début as a full-time driver at the 2015 Australian Grand Prix – and at the age of 17 years, 166 days – Verstappen became the youngest driver to start a World Championship race, breaking Jaime Alguersuari's existing record by almost two years.[1] In this first race, Verstappen ran inside the points-scoring positions until forced to retire due to an engine failure,[27] which prevented him from breaking the record of youngest driver to score World Championship points as well. However, Verstappen did achieve this feat at the subsequent race in Malaysia, where he qualified sixth and finished the race in seventh place, scoring his first Formula One points aged 17 years, 180 days.[28] However, he has failed to finish in the points in China, due to a last lap engine failure, Bahrain, due to electrical issues, Spain, settling for 11th, and Monaco, as a result of a collision with Romain Grosjean.

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles FLaps Podiums Points Position
2014 Florida Winter Series N/A 12 4 3 3 7 N/A
FIA European Formula 3 Championship Van Amersfoort Racing 33 10 7 7 16 411 3rd
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 1 0 N/A 7th
Zandvoort Masters Motopark 1 1 1 0 1 N/A 1st
Formula One Scuderia Toro Rosso Test driver
2015 Formula One Scuderia Toro Rosso 6 0 0 0 0 6* 14th*

* Season in progress.

Complete FIA European Formula 3 Championship results

(key)

Year Entrant Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 DC Points
2014 Van Amersfoort Racing Volkswagen SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

5
SIL
3

2
HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

DNS
HOC
3

1
PAU
1

3
PAU
2

Ret
PAU
3

Ret
HUN
1

Ret
HUN
2

16
HUN
3

4
SPA
1

1
SPA
2

1
SPA
3

1
NOR
1

1
NOR
2

1
NOR
3

1
MSC
1

3
MSC
2

Ret
MSC
3

2
RBR
1

5
RBR
2

4
RBR
3

12
NÜR
1

1
NÜR
2

Ret
NÜR
3

3
IMO
1

Ret
IMO
2

2
IMO
3

1
HOC
1

1
HOC
2

5
HOC
3

6
3rd 411

Complete Formula One results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicates fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 WDC Points
2014 Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR9 Renault Energy F1‑2014 1.6 V6 t AUS MAL BHR CHN ESP MON CAN AUT GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN
TD
RUS USA
TD
BRA
TD
ABU  –  –
2015 Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR10 Renault Energy F1‑2015 1.6 V6 t AUS
Ret
MAL
7
CHN
17
BHR
Ret
ESP
11
MON
Ret
CAN AUT GBR HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN RUS USA MEX BRA ABU 14th* 6*

* Season in progress.
† Did not finish, but was classified as he had completed more than 90% of the race distance.

References

  1. ^ a b "Max Verstappen to race with Toro Rosso F1 team in 2015". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). 18 August 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Drivers / Max Verstappen". ESPN F1. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Cornelissen, Marc (17 August 2014). "Geen rijbewijs, wel in de F1" [No driver's licence, yet in F1]. Nieuwsblad.be (in Dutch). Retrieved 12 December 2014. Max heeft een Belgische moeder, is geboren in Hasselt, woont in Bree en reist met een Belgisch paspoort. Genetisch en cultureel is hij Belgischer dan de gemiddelde Rode Duivel. Maar racen doet hij met een Nederlandse licentie. ‘Ik heb heel mijn leven in België gewoond, maar ik voel meer Nederlander. Door al dat karten trek ik meer met mijn vader op dan met mijn moeder. Ik zit gewoon altijd tussen de Nederlanders. [Max has a Belgian mother, was born in Hasselt, lives in Bree and travels with a Belgian passport. From a genetic and cultural perspective, he's more Belgian than the average Red Devil. Yet he competes with a Dutch racing licence. ‘I have lived in Belgium my entire life, but I consider myself more Dutch. As a result of my karting activities I spend more time with my father than with my mother. I'm always surrounded by Dutchmen.’] 
  4. ^ "Limburgs Kart Championship – Mini-Junior 2005". DriverDB.com. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Rotax Max Challenge Belgium Minimax 2006". DriverDB.com. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Rotax Max Challenge Belgium Minimax 2007". DriverDB.com. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Belgian Championship – Cadet 2008". DriverDB.com. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Rotax Max Challenge Belgium Minimax 2008". DriverDB.com. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Belgian Championship – KF5 2009". DriverDB.com. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "VAS Championship – Rotax Minimax 2009". DriverDB.com. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "CIK-FIA World Cup – KF3 2010". DriverDB.com. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
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  13. ^ "WSK Euro Series – KF3 2011". DriverDB.com. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "WSK Master Series – KF2 2012". DriverDB.com. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "17° Winter Cup – KF2 2012". DriverDB.com. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "SKUSA SuperNationals XVI – KZ2 2012". DriverDB.com. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "Max rijdt rest van seizoen op CRG kart met TM motor". Verstappen Info Page. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  18. ^ "Max Verstappen sensationeel in allereerste meters Formule Renault 2.0". RaceXpress.nl. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  19. ^ "Max op haar na snelste bij laatste FR 2.0 test van 2013". Verstappen Info Page. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  20. ^ "Max fenomenaal snel bij zijn eerste F3 test op Valencia". Verstappen Info Page. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  21. ^ "Max maakt autosportdebuut in Florida Winter Series". Verstappen Info Page. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  22. ^ "Max Verstappen new part of the Red Bull Junior Team". FIA. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
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  28. ^ Johnson, Daniel (29 March 2015). "Sebastian Vettel picks up surprise win for Ferrari to blow world title wide open". The Daily Telegraph (Telegraph Media Group). Retrieved 29 March 2015. Max Verstappen took seventh to become the youngest points scorer in F1 history, at 17 years and 180 days. 

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Preceded by
Felix Rosenqvist
Zandvoort Masters
Winner

2014
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Records
Preceded by
Jaime Alguersuari
19 years, 125 days
(2009 Hungarian Grand Prix)
Youngest Driver to start
a Formula One race

17 years, 166 days
(2015 Australian Grand Prix)
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Daniil Kvyat
19 years, 324 days
(2014 Australian Grand Prix)
Youngest Driver to score
Points in Formula One

17 years, 180 days
(2015 Malaysian Grand Prix)
Succeeded by
Incumbent