After many successes in go-karting and Formula 3, Max Verstappen followed in the footsteps of his father Jos on 5 October 2014 during the Grand Prix of Japan. With his 17 years and 3 days he became the youngest driver ever to compete during a Grand Prix weekend. Five months later he made his first official Grand Prix start during the Australian Grand Prix, setting yet another new record: the youngest Formula 1 driver to start in a Grand Prix. Since then, Max Verstappen has grown into the most successful F1 driver ever in the Netherlands and has made motor sport in the Netherlands unprecedentedly popular. Spectacular catching-up maneuvers, breath-taking duels and force measurements at the cutting edge: when Max races, you know that something is about to happen.
To get a feel for it, check out the summary of the GP of Catalunya: the moment Max wrote history. Goosebumps!
|Youngest driver ever to compete during a Grand Prix weekend||17 years, 3 days||Japan 2014|
|Youngest Formula 1 driver to start in a Grand Prix||17 years, 166 days||Australia 2015|
|Youngest driver who scores World Cup points||17 years, 180 days||Maleisia 2015|
|Youngest driver winning a Grand Prix||18 years, 228 days||Spain 2016|
|Youngest driver finishing on the podium||18 years, 228 days||Spain 2016|
|Youngest driver leading a grand prix||18 years, 228 days||Spain 2016|
|Youngest driver driving the fastest lap of a grand prix||19 years, 44 days||Brazil 2016|
|Most victories without a pole position||5||n.v.t.|
FIA action of the year: 2014, 2015, 2016
FIA personality of the year: 2015, 2016, 2017
Rookie of the year: 2015
Lorenzo Bandini Trofee: 2016
Dutch sportsman of the year: 2016