Max Verstappen Biography
Max Verstappen is a Belgian-Dutch racing driver born on 30 September 1997 in Hasselt, Belgium as Max Emilian Verstappen. Max Verstappen is the son of former Formula One driver Jos Verstappen. He competes under the Dutch flag in Formula One with Red Bull Racing and is well known for his One debut with the Red Bull Junior Team in August 2014.
He is the youngest driver to compete in Formula 1 at the 2015 Australian Grand Prix for Scuderia Toro Rosso. Verstappen is also the youngest driver to lead a lap during a Formula One Grand Prix. He is also the youngest Formula One Grand Prix winner in history after wining the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix in his debut race for Red Bull Racing at the age of 18.
Verstappen started dashing karts at four. Verstappen competed in the Mini Junior championship of his home province of Limburg (Belgium). He graduated to the Rotax Max Minimax class and won the Belgian championship in 2006. In 2007, Verstappen won the Dutch Minimax championship. In 2009, Verstappen joined Team Pex Racing, a CRG customer team and won the Flemish Minimax championship and the Belgian KF5 championship.
In 2011, Verstappen won the WSK Euro Series in a Parilla-powered CRG and in 2012, he was picked for the Intrepid Driver Program to race in the KF2 and KZ2 classes. His first experience in a racing car was at the Pembrey Circuit on 11 October 2013. On 16 January 2014, it was announced that he would make his racing debut in the Florida Winter Series. On February 5 at the second raceweekend he won his first formula race at Palm Beach International Raceway. On February 19, he won his second race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
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In August 2014, he joined the Red Bull Junior Team after testing a Formula Renault 3.5 car. Verstappen also considered an offer from Mercedes to join their driver development programme and Six days later, he was confirmed as one of Scuderia Toro Rosso’s drivers for the 2015 season. Verstappen became the youngest driver to take part in a Grand Prix after taking part in the first free practice at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix, as part of his preparation for a full-time place with Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2015.
Verstappen became the youngest driver to start a World Championship race by joining the sport a year before this licence restriction, in his Grand Prix début as a full-time driver at the 2015 Australian Grand Prix at the age of 17 years, 166 days – breaking Jaime Alguersuari’s existing record by almost two years. In this first race, he won points-scoring positions until he was forced to retire due to an engine failure. In Malaysia, he qualified sixth and finished the race in seventh place, scoring his first Formula One points aged 17 years, 180 days, breaking the record of youngest driver to score World Championship points.
At the 2015 Monaco Grand Prix, Verstappen was involved in a high-speed collision with Romain Grosjean and he was given a five-place grid penalty for causing the accident, and was branded “dangerous” by Williams driver Felipe Massa – although Verstappen hit back at Massa by pointing out he had himself been involved in a similar incident with Sergio Pérez at the 2014 Canadian Grand Prix.
Verstappen received three awards at the FIA Prize Giving Ceremony, for Rookie of the Year, Personality of the Year and Action of the Year for his overtake on Felipe Nasr through the outside of the Blanchimont corner at the Belgian Grand Prix. In 2016, Verstappen began the season at Toro Rosso, again alongside Sainz and he qualified fifth for the opening race of the season in Australia.
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Verstappen joined Red Bull for the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix where he replaced Daniil Kvyat, with Kvyat returning to Toro Rosso. After qualifying fourth for the Spanish Grand Prix, he rose to second behind teammate Daniel Ricciardo on the opening lap after Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg crashed out of the race. He took the race lead as he was placed on a two-stop rather than the same three-stop strategy as Ricciardo, and he held off Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen in the later stages of the race to take his first Formula One victory. He became the youngest driver ever to win a Formula One Grand Prix at the age of 18 years and 228 days by displaced Sebastian Vettel.
In his first eight races with Red Bull he achieved six top-five finishes, including four podiums. At the 2016 Brazilian Grand Prix, Verstappen qualified fourth.
In 2017, Verstappen suffered seven retirements, four due to mechanical issues, and three due to first lap collisions in Spain, Austria and Singapore during the first 14 races of the 2017 season. Verstappen won his second Formula One race at the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix, one day after his 20th birthday, passing Lewis Hamilton for the lead in the early stages of the race. He finished second in the following race in Japan and third at the United States Grand Prix, but was classified fourth after his final lap overtake on Kimi Räikkönen was deemed illegal. Verstappen won his third Formula One race (and second in 2017) at the Mexican Grand Prix, after passing Sebastian Vettel on the opening lap and leading until the end of the race.
In 2018, Verstappen had been involved in at least one incident in each of the first 6 races of the season. He qualified 4th in Australia but fell behind Kevin Magnussen at the start. He attempted to retake the position he ran wide multiple times and damaged his car. Verstappen then spun at Turn 1 and fell behind Romain Grosjean, a recovering Ricciardo and Nico Hülkenberg and finaly managed, due to strategy and the retirement of the Haas cars to salvage 6th place, coming home behind Fernando Alonso, who had jumped him in the virtual safety car period. At the next race in Bahrain, he crashed during qualifying and started in 15th place.
In China, Verstappen qualified 5th and had moved up to 3rd at the end of the first lap. At the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Verstappen was embroiled in a race-long battle with Ricciardo for 4th place. In Spain, Verstappen bounced back with his first podium of the season by finishing 3rd behind the Mercedes cars, holding off Sebastian Vettel.
Verstappen made another error in Monaco when he crashed near the end of the third free pactice session in an incident which closely resembled a crash he had at the same spot two years earlier. After his team was unable to repair his car in time, he had to start last on a track which is notoriously difficult to overtake but he managed to salvage 2 points by finishing 9th place, overtaking 6 cars on track. Verstappen lied in 6th place in the championship with 35 points, following Monaco, only 3 points ahead of Alonso in a much slower Mclaren, and 37 points behind his teammate in 3rd, who had taken two wins in the first 6 races.
At the 2018 Canadian Grand Prix, he topped all three practice sessions and qualified 3rd and was two tenths off pole position which was won by Sebastian Vettel. He finished third in the race and set the fastest lap of the race on lap 65. At the 2018 Austrian Grand Prix, on Red Bull’s home track, he started fourth on the grid, passed Kimi Räikkönen and taking advantage of retirement from Valtteri Bottas and a botched pit-stop strategy by Lewis Hamilton and Verstappen won the fourth race of his career.
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Max stands at a height of 1.80 m.
Moeder Max Verstappen | Mother
His mother is Sophie Kumpen who was a racing driver in the Formido Swift Cup.
Zus Max Verstappen | Sister
Max has one sister called Victoria Jane Verstappen who also works in Red Bull Netherlands. She works as a photographer for her brother and arranges his social media.
Max Verstappen Vriendin | Girlfriend
Max is in a relationship with Dilara Sanlik. Max showed his girlfriend to the world at a party at the Kitz Race Club in Austria. According to reports, the two have been dating for a couple of months.
Previously, he was in a relation with Seychelle de Vries, the sister of McLaren junior Nyck de Vries.
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Verstappen earns an estimated annual salary of at least 10 million euros excluding bonuses.
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Updated: February 19, 2018
Red Bull Racing has just presented the new car. With the RB14, Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo have to compete for the coming season.
The car is still black with blue, but it does not stay that way. During the test days next week at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, the color scheme for 2018 will be unveiled. The bracket construction is clearly visible on the photo. Verstappen has already said that he thinks this looks ugly. The brace must protect the drivers during an accident.
The new car bears the name RB14. Red Bull placed the text ‘Desire for disruption in 2018’ at the car on twitter. Verstappen and Ricciardo have to take care of success in Formula 1 by car from March. The season starts on March 25 with the GP of Australia.
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Still buzzing from yesterday, but I just wanted to take the time to thank the Orange army that pushed me to the win yesterday. It was incredible to see all the orange in and around the track the whole weekend. I can’t thank you all personally for being there and cheering for me, but hope you enjoyed it as much as I did #AustrianGP #keeppushing #OrangeArmy ???
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Red Bull’s pace still track specific – Verstappen
Updated: 05 Jul 2018
Red Bull demonstrated their race-winning prowess for the third time this season when Max Verstappen took the chequered flag at last week’s Austrian Grand Prix. But despite that triumph, his first of the season, the Dutchman believes his RB14 challenger is still only the third fastest at certain circuits…
Verstappen’s victory at the Red Bull Ring came as something of a surprise, given Mercedes had looked impressive in Friday practice before securing pole through Valtteri Bottas. But mechanical gremlins struck for both Silver Arrows, and Red Bull took advantage at their home race to win ahead of Ferrari.
However, they aren’t getting ahead of themselves heading to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix. The Milton Keynes-based team have long felt they have a power deficit on the straights, and Verstappen says that is still the case.
When asked where Red Bull rank in the Formula 1 pecking order, he replied: “It’s difficult to say. I think it depends on the track. If the straights are pretty long, then we are third.
“If there are not too many straights, I think we have the best chassis, so we are very competitive. But yeah, to make a win in Austria is good because normally we’d expect to lose points on the others – and we didn’t, so that’s good. Let’s see what we can do here.”
Verstappen’s win in Spielberg saw him secure a third successive podium finish for the first time in his career, but he predicts a tricky weekend ahead for his team at Silverstone.
“I think the problem is that some corners now, they became flat-out and then it basically becomes a double straight, and that’s just very painful,” he said. “Like Turn One, you’v”got Copse which is flat.
“It’s a bit of a shame for us. I’m not expecting us to be, like, super-competitive but we’ll there. More or less. So, let’s see what’s going to happen during the race.”
The Dutchman’s sole win of 2018 moved him up fifth in the drivers’ standings, 53 points behind the leading Sebastian Vettel, and despite his recent return to form, he doubts that he’ll be about to mount a title charge this season.
“We don’t have the package to fight on every track,” he said. “For example in Monza it’s just going to be difficult so it depends in what position you are. If it’s compared to your team mate then I think you still have a chance to come back but I don’t think we are in a position to do that.
“For sure, there are some tracks where we will be really competitive and we can definitely challenge for victory but not on every single track so to come back like that, you need to be winning almost every weekend.”
Red Bull arrive at Silverstone third in the constructors’ standings on 189 points, 58 behind leaders Ferrari.
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