Max Verstappen as the name goes is a fast and fearless driver. Max was born on 30th Sept 1997 in Hasselt, Belgium. Max Verstappen height is measured at 5ft 11in. Debuting in Formula 1 as the youngest ever driver with 17 years of age. Giving his best with his car, and being a nightmare to his rivals and to the F1 sport records. Currently driving for Red Bull Racing, the rookie Dutchman was a lion on the track. Max started his Formula 1 driving career with Scuderia Toro Rosso – now called Scuderia Alpha Tauri.
Breaking a record soon after his debut by becoming the youngest driver to score points in Formula 1 at the age of 18 years and 288 days. With his elbows out, Verstappen drove a wheel-to-wheel race with well controlled drive rising and grasping up the opportunity to score his maiden win at Spanish Grand Prix 2016 by replacing Daniil Kvyat. Also becoming the first ever Dutch driver to win a F1 Grand Prix.
Verstappen holds no remorse on the track and is known for his aggressive driving and hard defending. Being too bold on the track also had Verstappen be the headlines of the sport. Such incident took place at 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix following a legendary title rivalry with Lewis Hamilton when both drivers collided with each other a couple of times which is odd with respect to the sport’s history.
Junior Racing Career
In 2010, Verstappen advanced to competitive international karting. Verstappen lost to the more seasoned Alexander Albon in the KF3 World Cup final, but he defeated him in the WSK Euro Series and went on to win the WSK World Series. Verstappen won the WSK Euro Series with a CRG powered by Parilla in 2011. He defeated CRG driver Felice Tiene to win the KF2 class of the WSK Master Series the following year. Verstappen won the KF2 division of the South Garda Winter Cup.
Verstappen accomplished an unprecedented accomplishment in the history of the sport in 2013 by winning two European championships and a world title at the age of 15. Verstappen, the youngest driver to ever win the KZ world championship, won the 2013 World KZ title in France.
Florida Winter Series
Verstappen would make his racing debut in the non-championship Florida Winter Series, it was confirmed on January 16, 2014. Verstappen won the race at Palm Beach International Raceway on February 5 during the second race weekend after starting from the front row. Verstappen won his second race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway a few weeks later.
Verstappen participated in the inaugural Florida Winter Series in a single-seater before competing for Van Amersfoort Racing in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship. Verstappen, who was 16 years old, finished third overall in the season after setting records with six straight triumphs, 10 victories overall, eight retirements, and one DNS (did not start).
Formula 1 Career
Toro Rosso (2014 - 2016)
2014, As part of his training for a full-time seat at Toro Rosso in the 2015 season, Verstappen took Jean-Éric Vergne’s position during the opening practice session of the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix. Verstappen was the youngest participant in a Formula One race weekend in history at the age of 17 years and three days. Verstappen joined the Red Bull Junior Team in August 2014.
2015, Verstappen joined the Toro Rosso race drivers’ lineup alongside Carlos Sainz as his teammate, becoming the youngest driver to start a World Championship race. Verstappen broke the record for the youngest driver to earn World Championship points in Malaysia by qualifying sixth and finishing the race in seventh place while still only 17 years, 180 days old. Verstappen won three prizes at the FIA Prize Giving Ceremony at the conclusion of the season: “Rookie of the Year,” “Personality of the Year,” and “Action of the Year.” Ended at P5.
2016, Verstappen was fifth in qualifying for the season’s first race in Australia, but he became irritated with Sainz’s lead during the race, which led to Verstappen colliding with Carlos, and Verstappen finally finished tenth. After four races through the season, he jumped in RedBull’s car and got P1 on his debut race at Spanish GP. He ended his season at P5 with 6 podiums.
Red Bull Racing (2016 - present)
2016, Verstappen will take Daniil Kvyat’s place starting with the Spanish Grand Prix, Red Bull Racing confirmed on May 5, with Kvyat moving back to Toro Rosso. Verstappen moved up to second place behind teammate Daniel Ricciardo on the opening lap of the Spanish Grand Prix when Mercedes colleagues Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg crashed out of the race. Verstappen had qualified fourth for the race. at the age of 18 years and 228 days, becoming the youngest driver ever to win a Formula 1 Grand Prix.
He finished in the top five six times in his first eight races with Red Bull, including four podiums.
2019, Pierre Gasly joined Verstappen at Red Bull when Ricciardo switched to the Renault team for 2019. He won the first pole position of his career in Hungary and held the lead for the most of the race before being overtaken by Hamilton in the final circuits.
With 278 points, Verstappen finished the 2019 season in third place overall. Three race wins, nine podium finishes, two pole positions, and three fastest laps were all claimed by him.
2017, Verstappen retired from seven of the first 14 races of the season, four of which were due to technical problems and three of which were caused by opening-lap incidents. He finished second in the race that followed in Japan. He won his second Formula One race at the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix. After overtaking Sebastian Vettel on the opening lap of the Mexican Grand Prix, he claimed his third Formula One victory. Winding up his season at P6
2018, Verstappen had been involved in at least one incident in each of the first six races of the season. His second half of the season, however, was very good, as he finished on the podium in Belgium, Singapore, Japan, and the United States. In the latter race, he finished in second place despite starting from 18th on the grid because of a suspension issue in qualifying.
Verstappen finished the year with 249 points, P4in the championship, two victories, eleven podium finishes, and two fastest laps.
2020, He crashed in wet conditions during the formation lap of the 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix while en route to the starting grid, but he was able to drive the car back to the grid where his mechanics quickly fixed the suspension of the car. Verstappen rose from seventh on the starting grid to second by the end of the race after the repairs.
Verstappen received criticism for his remarks during the Portuguese Grand Prix’s Free Practice, where he used the terms “retard” and “mongol” in response to a collision with Lance Stroll. After the session, Verstappen acknowledged that his word choices were “not correct.”
Verstappen finished the 2020 season at P3 in the championship with 214 points. He claimed two race victories, eleven podium finishes, one pole position, and three fastest laps.
2021, World Championship ! Throughout the season Max and Lewis had fierce battle for the lead in WDC. Both the drivers had many collisions throughout the season. They clashed together in British Grand Prix forcing Max to retire and Lewis ending up at P1. Italian GP, both the drivers contacted at turn 2 and both ended up retiring (thanks to halo for saving Hamilton). Again at Abu Dhabi GP, they clashed when Max tried to give was to Lewis after overtaking him off the track.
Going into the last round, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Verstappen and Hamilton were tied on points in the Drivers’ Championship, with Verstappen taking the lead on countback. In order to win the race and his first Formula One World Drivers’ Championship, Verstappen passed Hamilton on the final lap. Verstappen was more than ten seconds behind Hamilton when a late safety car was dispatched because of a collision at turn 14 involving Nicholas Latifi of Williams.
Verstappen overtook Hamilton at turn 5 on the last lap of the competition to win the race and become the 34th Formula 1 World Drivers’ Champion.
2022, in March 2022 Verstappen signed a five-year contract extension with Red Bull Racing for the 2023 to 2028 seasons.
Verstappen suffered two fuel system related retirements in the first three races, finding himself 46 points behind championship leader Charles Leclerc. He responded by winning five of the next seven races, allowing him to take the championship lead and build a gap of 37 points over second place, by then held by his teammate Sergio Pérez.
He would go on to dominate much of the season, winning 15 races, securing the World Drivers’ Championship at the Japanese GP.
With speed flowing in his blood. Max Verstappen’s father – Jos Verstappen is a former Formula 1 driver and quick karting mum – Sophie Kumpen. Despite moving out of his dad’s home in Monaco, Max Verstappen remains close to his family. Though we have seen Max Verstappen being aggressive and showing his feelings quite bluntly, surprisingly he can still be very shy.
He participated in Formula 1 for more than a season before turning 18 and receiving his road driving license. The following day, in October 2015, Verstappen went to Monaco and has since resided there, claiming it was not a tax-related decision. Verstappen purchased a Dassault Falcon 900EX plane in November 2020. Exxaero is the owner and operator of the PH-DTF registered aircraft.
Verstappen likes playing video games and simulating races. Verstappen said that participating in numerous sim racing competitions keeps him “ready to go” for his real-world racing. Verstappen is a member of the international sim racing squad Team Redline. Verstappen is a fan of both PSV Eindhoven and FC Barcelona. Verstappen is trilingual, speaking Dutch, English, and German, which he picked up while racing karts with Michael Schumacher. In appreciation of his achievements in racing, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau in September 2022. Since January 2021, Verstappen has been openly dating Kelly Piquet.
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Max Verstappen girlfriend
Brazilian model, blogger, and journalist Kelly Piquet. She is currently a part of the PR and social media team for Formula E. She is the daughter of Nelson Piquet, a three-time Formula 1 World Champion and former Brazilian F1 star. She was raised by Sylvia Tamsma. Her six siblings number 6. Nelson Piquet Jr., her brother, was also an F1 racer in the past. At the age of 12, Kelly relocated from the south of France to Brazil. After attending a boarding school in England, she returned to Brazil to finish her senior year of high school at the age of 17. Piquet earned a degree in international relations with a concentration in political science and economics from Marymount Manhattan College in New York.
Max Verstappen net worth is estimated to be $200 million US dollars. Max Verstappen salary from his current F1 team, Red Bull, is $54 Million per year.
Following his maiden Formula One win, at the 2016 Spanish GP, three-time Formula One World Champion Niki Lauda described Verstappen as the “talent of the century.” Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner stated that Verstappen is the best driver Red Bull have ever seen: “I have no doubt [Verstappen is] the best we have seen on one of our cars, in terms of outright raw ability and commitment. He’s the best driver we’ve seen.”
Awards and Honours
- NOC*NSF Young Talent Award – 2014
- FIA Action of the Year – 2014–2016, 2019
- FIA Personality of the Year – 2015–2017
- FIA Rookie of the Year – 2015
- Lorenzo Bandini Trophy – 2016
- Dutch Sportsman of the Year – 2016, 2021
- Autosport International Racing Driver of the Year – 2021
- Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsman of the Year – 2022
- Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau – 2022
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