- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Hasselt, Belgium
There are times when just a few statistics tell a story. This is one.
Max was a schoolboy of 16 when he was first linked with an F1 drive. He was 17 when he became an F1 racing driver. And, in his first season, he finished 12th in the world championship.
He was the youngest and least experienced driver to join the grid in F1 history. He was fourth in two races and he scored a total of 49 points.
His father is Dutchman Jos Verstappen, a journeyman F1 racer of the 1990’s. His mother is Sophie Kumpen, a very successful and fast kart driver.
His talent and his maturity are almost unprecedented. His potential seems limitless. He has been linked already with Ferrari. Yet he was not old enough to drive a road car when the season began.
Now 18, he has a season under his belt during which he stunned fans, team-mates and paddock veterans with his speed and race craft, delivering some of the most thrilling passing moves of the season for the unheralded Toro Rosso team. This year promises more of the same – as he strides towards a future that many have forecast will see him win races, titles and a place among the greats.