When Max Verstappen, was placed on Toro Rosso in 2015, Red Bull Racing shocked the entire sport. Never had a driver so young and inexperienced taken spot in an F1® starting order. Red Bull must have known what they had in Verstappen as he went on to become the youngest F1 race winner in history.
Being born to an Formula 1® driving father and a karting mother, it was easy for Verstappen to follow suit. Max got his first kart at age four and won nearly every race he entered for the next three years. He then graduated onto the international scene and saw wild success. In 2012, his ascent reached the summit as Verstappen became a European and world karting champion.
Less than a week after joining their distinguished junior driver program, Max was placed on Toro Rosso by Red Bull Racing at the age of 17. This announcement caused commotion throughout the sport but did not phase Verstappen. During his debut Grand Prix weekend in Suzuka, he had an outstanding showing during practice. Verstappen would complete two more practice sessions before testing for the team at the end of the 2015 season.
Debut In Formula One
During his rookie season, Verstappen earned 22 more points than any other rookie and picked up a record three FIA awards by winning Rookie of the Year, Personality of the Year, and Action of the Year. After delivering a great first season and surpassing the already high expectations, many wondered how far he could go during year two. After only four races into the season, Vertappen was promoted to his sister team of Red Bull Racing, switching seats with Daniil Kvyat. He won his first race with Red Bull Racing at the Spanish Grand Prix, becoming the youngest driver to win in history. Throughout his first season with Red Bull Racing, Verstappen collected six more podiums and solidified himself as F1’s® youngest superstar.
Meet Verstappen In Belgium
Exclusive to F1® Experiences guests, Red Bull Racing Max Verstappen will be appearing in a meet-and-greet session during the Belgium Grand Prix in late August. As part of the Official Ticket Packages, Verstappen will be available to answer questions, pose for a photograph and more. Secure your F1® Experiences package today to enjoy the meet-and-greet, a pit lane walk, Paddock and Track tours, and more!