- Date of birth
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- Hasselt, Belgium
Few drivers can flat-out beat Lewis Hamilton in a wheel-to-wheel fight. Max Verstappen is one of them. Now 22, it seems a long time since he burst onto the scene as a precociously talented 17-year-old. In five years he has developed into a genuine title contender.
Red Bull will be hoping for just that. And the team will be buoyed by the commitment of their increasingly mature star driver until the end of the 2023 season, scuttling rumours that the Dutchman would be lured away to Mercedes-AMG or Ferrari.
It will take a huge effort from the team and Honda to contend for the title, but Red Bull has shown itself to be very adept at building race-winning cars in the first year of major regulation changes, so it will be looking to the year ahead with confidence.
Even without a title, race wins this year will validate Verstappen’s re-signing and justify his confidence in the team’s future.