Formula 1: Teenager Max Verstappen to drive for Toro Rosso next season


Sixteen-year-old Max Verstappen will become the youngest Formula 1 driver in history as Toro Rosso confirmed he will join the team next season. Verstappen will be 17 next month and currently competes in Formula Three. The Dutchman is the son of former Fromula 1 driver Jos Verstappen and will replace Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne at Toro Rosso.

"Ever since I was seven years old, Formula 1 has been my career goal, so this opportunity is truly a dream come true," said Verstappen. Spaniard Jaime Alguersuari is currently the youngest Formula 1 driver, he was 19 years and 125 days when he raced in Hungary, also for Toro Rosso, in 2009. Verstappen would be following the same career path as four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.

The youngest driver to earn a Championship point is also a Toro Rosso team member, Daniil Kvyat, who was 19 when he finished ninth in this season's opening race in Australia. The Russian will be Verstappen's team-mate in 2015. Young Max Verstappen was a kart racer before driving for Van Amersfoort Racing in this year's Formula Three Championship. He won six consecutive races in F3 and has eight wins so far this season.

"We have all worked tremendously hard to reach Formula 1," said Verstappen. "With the return of the Verstappen name to F1, I hope we can relive old memories and I'm hoping to see many fans at all the circuits."

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  • Montenegro VlahovicNovo

    19/8/14

    Young Verstappen is great hope in the automotive at all.If he be crazy in the head like his father he not much to go but I expect him to push as much if you get a chance to Torro Rosso.Josh Vesrstappen had several memorable races although he always drove worse formula .

  • skrunici

    20/8/14

    I think it is great move for toro roso. It should be more space for young drivers in formula 1.

  • Serbia milo?.sekuli?

    2/2/16

    Now, 2 years later, Verstappen has become a real star of Formula 1. On the official website of the Formula 1, his overtaking was named the best in 2015 .And in 2016 he will drive for Toro Rosso and in 2017 i expect him to move to a bigger team like Red Bull.He is on the right path to have a great career in motor-racing and i think he'll be a champion in a couple of years. Lets go Max, at least one podium in 2016 would be great.

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