|Formula 1 world championship|
|Start number :||33|
|First start:||2015 Australian Grand Prix|
|2015–2016 Toro Rosso • 2016–2020 Red Bull|
|World Cup balance:||World Cup third ( 2019 )|
|World Cup points :||1058|
|Leadership laps :||530 over 2472.1 km|
|Status: Belgian Grand Prix, August 30, 2020|
Max Emilian Verstappen (born September 30, 1997 in Hasselt , Belgium ) is a Belgian- Dutch racing driver . In 2013 he became world kart champion and two-time European kart champion. In 2014 he competed in the European Formula 3 championship . He has been racing in Formula 1 since 2015 and has been driving for Red Bull Racing since 2016 .
He is the son of former racing driver Jos Verstappen .
Verstappen began his motorsport career in karting in 2005 . From 2006 to 2008 he won the Belgian Minimax-Rotax-Challenge three times . In 2007 he also won the Dutch Minimax-Rotax-Challenge . In 2008 and 2009 he won the Minimax ranking in the Benelux Karting Series and was Belgian kart champion in both years. 2008 in the cadet class, 2009 in the KF5 rating.
In 2010, Verstappen switched to international karting. He immediately won the WSK Euro Series and WSK World Series as well as the European Bridgestone Cup in the KF3 class . In the CIK-FIA World Cup he finished second in the CIK-FIA European Championship fifth. In 2011, Verstappen defended the KF3 class of the WSK Euro Series . In 2012 he finished eighth in the KF1 class of the CIK-FIA World Kart Championship . In the KF2 class, he came second in the CIK-FIA World Cup and sixth in the WSK Euro Series . He won the WSK Master Series in this class. Verstappen originally won the CIK-FIA European Championship but was dropped back to tenth place due to a penalty.
In his last year in karting in 2013, Verstappen won both the CIK-FIA European Championship in the KF and in the KZ class. He also won the WSK Euro Series in the KZ1 class . In the 2013 CIK-FIA World Championship , Verstappen won the concentration camp class. In the KF class he was in the lead until the last event and finally came third.
Formula 3 and Formula 1 test drives (2014)
At the end of 2013, Verstappen completed his first test drives in formula racing . In his Formula 3 debut, he immediately set the fastest time of the day. In early 2014 , Verstappen took part in the Florida Winter Series . He achieved three pole positions , won two races and stood on the podium five times.
He then received a cockpit at Van Amersfoort Racing in the European Formula 3 championship for the 2014 season . On his debut weekend he already achieved second place in a race. In his sixth Formula 3 race in Hockenheim , he achieved his first victory. At the successive events in Spa-Francorchamps and Nuremberg , Verstappen won all three races and thus achieved six victories in a row. Due to his good results in his first formula racing season - especially the three victories in Nuremberg in changing weather conditions - he was accepted into the Red Bull funding program in August . He won other races at the Nürburgring , Imola and Hockenheim. With ten wins, no driver had more victories than Verstappen. He finished the season in third place in the drivers' championship. In addition, Verstappen started for Van Amersfoort Racing at the Macau Grand Prix and achieved seventh place. He won the Zandvoort Masters with Motopark Academy .
In September 2014, Verstappen received the super license after driving a Toro Rosso STR7 around 400 km in test drives at the Adria International Raceway a few days earlier . Then Verstappen made his debut for Toro Rosso in first free practice at the Japanese Grand Prix . At 17 years and three days, he became the youngest driver to compete on a Formula 1 weekend.
Formula 1 (since 2015)
In 2015 , Verstappen received a Formula 1 cockpit at Scuderia Toro Rosso and chose 33 as his starting number. He became the youngest Formula 1 driver in history and the first Formula 1 driver under the age of 18. After a retirement in the first race, he finished seventh in the second race in Malaysia and scored points for the first time. He became the youngest Formula 1 driver to score points. He finished fourth in Hungary and the USA . He finished his debut season in twelfth place and beat Carlos Sainz Jr. with 49 to 18 points . by. At the FIA gala at the end of the year, Verstappen received three awards: Rookie of the Year, Personality of the Year and for Action of the Year. The latter was the overtaking maneuver against Felipe Nasr on the outside of the Blanchimont corner at the Belgian Grand Prix .
In 2016 , Verstappen and Sainz initially formed the Toro Rosso driver duo again. Verstappen scored three points in the first four races, with a sixth place in Bahrain being his best result. After the fourth race, the Russian Grand Prix , Red Bull decided to swap Verstappen for Daniil Kwjat , so that Verstappen drove for Red Bull Racing from the Spanish Grand Prix . Verstappen scored his first Formula 1 victory in his first race for Red Bull. This made him the first Dutchman to win a Formula 1 race and, at the age of 18 years and 228 days, the youngest Formula 1 winner to date. At the Red Bull home race in Austria and a week later in Great Britain , he finished second on the podium again. He came third at the German Grand Prix . In Malaysia he achieved a double victory for Red Bull Racing with second place behind his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo . A week later, he finished second again at the Japanese Grand Prix . In the race he stood out with a tough maneuver against Lewis Hamilton , in which he changed lanes while braking. Since Verstappen had already attracted attention with tough maneuvers against Kimi Räikkönen at the races in Hungary and Belgium , the FIA specified the rules and prohibited changes of direction when braking, which would result in another driver having to swerve. In Mexico , Verstappen again attracted attention with tough duels. First he touched the world championship leader Nico Rosberg in the first corner. In the further course of the race he received a 5-second time penalty after using the run-off zone in a duel with Sebastian Vettel to defend his position. Due to the time penalty, he dropped from third to fourth place. In the rain race that followed in Brazil , Verstappen performed a few overtaking maneuvers, drove the fastest race lap and finally came third. In the world championship he improved to fifth place.
Verstappen and Ricciardo stayed with Red Bull for the 2017 Formula 1 World Championship . In China , he finished third. He won his first race of the 2017 season at the Malaysian Grand Prix , and then finished second in Japan . He achieved his second win of the season in Mexico . At the end of the season he finished sixth overall. In 2018 , Verstappen again competed for Red Bull. He came third in Spain and Canada . He won the Red Bull home race in Austria . He came third at the Belgian Grand Prix . In Singapore and the United States , he finished second in Japan third. At the Grand Prix of Mexico followed by another victory. He then finished second in Brazil . During the race, while in the lead, Verstappen collided with Esteban Ocon at the exit of the Senna-S when Ocon tried to lap back. Both Ocon and Verstappen spun, whereby Lewis Hamilton took the lead back and eventually won. Ocon was given a ten-second stop-and-go penalty for the collision. Verstappen insulted Ocon over the pit radio and in interviews after the race. Shortly after the end of the race, Verstappen approached Ocon and was violent. Verstappen was then sentenced by the FIA to two days of public work in the FIA management, which he has to do within six months of the incident. At the season finale in Abu Dhabi , Verstappen was again third. At the end of the season he was in fourth place in the drivers' standings.
In 2019 , Verstappen stayed with Red Bull Racing. He finished third at the season opener in Australia and the Spanish Grand Prix . He achieved his first win of the season at the Austrian Grand Prix . This was followed by another at the German Grand Prix . This was followed by a second place in Hungary , where he had achieved the first pole position of his career in qualifying. At the Singapore Grand Prix he finished third. In Mexico he was initially on pole again. However, he was relegated three places on the grid as he did not slow down on his fastest lap under yellow flags after Valtteri Bottas' accident. He then finished sixth in the race. In the USA he was third. This was followed by a win in Brazil , with which he set a personal record and won a third Grand Prix in one season for the first time. At the season finale in Abu Dhabi , he achieved another podium finish in second place. He finished the season in third place overall with 278 points, which is his personal best.
Also in 2020 goes Verstappen for Red Bull. At the Grand Prix of Styria he finished third in Hungary and the United Kingdom each second. He won the Grand Prix of the 70th anniversary . This was followed by a second place in Spain and a third in Belgium . He is currently in second place in the drivers' standings after the seventh race with 110 points.
Max Verstappen comes from a family of motorsport enthusiasts. His father Jos Verstappen drove in Formula 1 from 1994 to 2003 , his mother Sophie Kumpen, who comes from Hasselt, Belgium , was active in karting. His parents were married between 1996 and 2008 and, in addition to their son Max, also have a daughter named Victoria Jane (* 1999). His great-uncle Paul Kumpen , Belgian rallycross champion 1987, and his son Anthony Kumpen is also a racing driver.
Verstappen has both Belgian and Dutch citizenship and could therefore start as both Belgian and Dutch. But since he takes part in competitions with a Dutch racing license, he drives as a Dutchman in motorsport.
Verstappen speaks his mother tongue Dutch, the English common in motorsport, and German.
In addition to his career in Formula 1, Verstappen also competes in e-sports races, especially iRacing . He starts for the Redline team, for which Formula 1 driver Lando Norris also starts. Together they won the Spa 24-hour race in 2019 . In 2020 he took part in the virtual 24-hour race of Le Mans for the team in the LMP2 class. One of his teammates was Lando Norris. After his vehicle was in the lead for a while, it failed due to accidents caused by so-called "glitches" (signal dropouts). While the race was neutralized for the second time by the red flag, the race management took the vehicle back into the race, as the failure was not due to the team but to the technology. In the end, Verstappen and his teammates finished 25th overall among the 50 participating teams.
Since the 2020 Spanish Grand Prix, he has been the Dutchman with the most races (108). Before that he shared this record with his father Jos (107 races each).
Individual results in the European Formula 3 championship
|2014||Van Amersfoort Racing||Volkswagen||SIL||HO1||PAU||HUN||SPA||NOR||MOS||SPI||ONLY||IMO||HO2||411||3.|
Statistics in the Formula 1 World Championship
These statistics include all the driver's participations in the Formula 1 World Championship .
Grand Prix victories
Status: Belgian Grand Prix, August 30, 2020
|2015||Scuderia Toro Rosso||Toro Rosso STR10||Renault 1.6 V6 Turbo||19th||-||-||-||-||-||49||12.|
|2016||Scuderia Toro Rosso||Toro Rosso STR11||Ferrari 1.6 V6 Turbo||4th||-||-||-||-||-||13||5.|
|Red Bull Racing||Red Bull RB12||TAG Heuer 1.6 V6 Turbo||17th||1||4th||2||-||1||191|
|2017||Red Bull Racing||Red Bull RB13||TAG Heuer 1.6 V6 Turbo||20th||2||1||1||-||1||168||6th|
|2018||Aston Martin Red Bull Racing||Red Bull Racing RB14||TAG Heuer 1.6 V6 Turbo||21st||2||4th||5||-||2||249||4th|
|2019||Aston Martin Red Bull Racing||Red Bull Racing RB15||Honda 1.6 V6 Turbo||21st||3||2||4th||2||3||278||3.|
|2020||Aston Martin Red Bull Racing||Red Bull Racing RB16||Honda 1.6 V6 Turbo||7th||1||3||2||-||1||110||2.|
|green||-||Placement in the points|
|blue||-||Classified outside the point ranks|
|violet||DNF||Race not finished (did not finish)|
|red||DNQ||did not qualify|
|DNPQ||failed in pre-qualification (did not pre-qualify)|
|White||DNS||not at the start (did not start)|
|Light Blue||PO||only participated in the training (practiced only)|
|TD||Friday test driver|
|without||DNP||did not participate in the training (did not practice)|
|INJ||injured or sick|
|DNA||did not arrive|
|no participation in the World Cup|
|other||P / bold||Pole position|
|SR / italic||Fastest race lap|
|*||not at the finish,
but counted due to the distance covered
|underlined||Leader in the overall standings|
- Youngest driver (17 years and 163 days)
- Youngest driver to score points (17 years and 177 days)
- Youngest rider to lead a race (18 years and 228 days)
- Youngest Grand Prix winner (18 years and 228 days)
- Youngest rider to finish on the podium (18 years and 228 days)
- Youngest driver to have achieved a fastest lap (19 years and 44 days)
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|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Verstappen, Max Emilian (full name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Belgian-Dutch racing driver|
|DATE OF BIRTH||September 30, 1997|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Hasselt , Belgium|