Max Verstappen

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Max Verstappen
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Nationality Dutch
Born (1997-09-30) 30 September 1997 (age 16)
Hasselt, Belgium
Related to Jos Verstappen (father)
Sophie Kumpen (mother)
Paul Kumpen (grandfather)
Anthony Kumpen (uncle)
2014 FIA European F3 Championship
Debut season 2014
Current team Van Amersfoort Racing
Car no. 30
Engine Volkswagen

Max Emilian Verstappen (born 30 September 1997 in Hasselt, Belgium)[1] is a Dutch racing driver. He is currently competing in the FIA European F3 Championship, and will drive for Scuderia Toro Rosso in the 2015 Formula One season.

Family[edit]

Max was born into a family of racing drivers. His father Jos Verstappen is a former Formula One driver while his mother Sophie Kumpen is a former successful kart driver. His grandfather Paul Kumpen is a former GT endurance driver[2] and his uncle Anthony Kumpen is a FIA GT and 24 Hours of Le Mans driver.

Career history[edit]

Karting[edit]

Verstappen began karting at age 4 1/2. He competed in the Mini Junior championship of his home province of Limburg.[3] In 2006, Verstappen graduated to the Rotax Max Minimax class and won the Belgian championship.[4] In 2007, Verstappen won the Dutch Minimax championship.[5] Racing in a CRG entered by his father, Verstappen won the Dutch and Belgian Minimax championship as well as the Belgian Cadet championship.[6][7]

For 2009, Verstappen joined Team Pex Racing, a CRG customer team. Verstappen won the Flemish Minimax championship and the Belgian KF5 championship.[8][9] In 2010, Verstappen stepped up to international karting. He was signed by CRG to race in their factory team at world and European championships. At the KF3 World Cup, Verstappen finished second to the more experienced Alexander Albon.[10] Verstappen beat Albon at the WSK Euro Series. He also won the WSK World Series, beating Robert Vişoiu.[11]

In 2011, Verstappen won the WSK Euro Series in a Parilla-powered CRG.[12] For 2012, Verstappen was picked up by the Intrepid Driver Program to race in the KF2 and KZ2 classes. He won the WSK Master Series in the KF2 class, beating CRG driver Felice Tiene.[13] Verstappen won the South Garda Winter Cup in the KF2 class, beating Dennis Olsen and Antonio Fuoco.[14][15]

At the end of 2012, it was announced Verstappen would leave Intrepid. After a short stint with CRG-built Zanardi karts, Verstappen returned to the factory CRG team.[16] He competed at the SKUSA SuperNationals in the KZ2 class in a CRG, finishing 21st. In 2013, Verstappen won the European KF and KZ championships. At the age of 15, Verstappen won the 2013 World KZ championship at Varennes-sur-Allier, France, in KZ1, the highest karting category.

Car racing debut[edit]

Verstappen drove his first meters in a racing car at the Pembrey Circuit on October 11, 2013. He drove 160 laps in a Barazi-Epsilon FR2.0-10 Formula Renault car on the first day. The car was provided by Dutch team Manor MP Motorsport.[17] In December 2013, Verstappen tested a Dallara F311 Formula 3 car run by Motopark Academy. Another Formula Renault test came in December at Circuito de Jerez. Driving for Josef Kaufmann Racing, Verstappen went faster than Formula Renault regulars like Steijn Schothorst and Matt Parry.[18] At the Circuit Ricardo Tormo near Valencia, Verstappen set a faster time than more experienced drivers including Tatiana Calderon and Eddie Cheever III.[19]

On January 16, 2014, it was announced Verstappen would make his racing debut in the Florida Winter Series.[20]

Formula Three[edit]

In 2014, Verstappen is driving in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship for Van Amersfoort Racing.[21]

Formula One[edit]

In August 2014, Verstappen joined the Red Bull Junior Team, having also fielded an offer from Mercedes to join their driver development programme.[22] Six days later, he was confirmed as one of Scuderia Toro Rosso's drivers for the 2015 season, alongside Daniil Kvyat and replacing Jean-Éric Vergne.[23] At seventeen years and one hundred and sixty-six days old, he will become the youngest driver to start a World Championship race, breaking Jaime Alguersuari's existing record by almost two years.[24]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles FLaps Podiums Points Position
2014 Florida Winter Series N/A 12 2 3 3 5 N/A 3rd
FIA European Formula 3 Championship Van Amersfoort Racing 27 8 5 5 13 325 2nd*
Masters of Formula 3 Motopark 1 1 1 0 1 N/A 1st

* Season in progress.

Complete FIA European Formula 3 Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 DC Points
2014 Van Amersfoort Racing SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

5
SIL
3

2
HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

DNS
HOC
3

1
PAU
1

3
PAU
2

Ret
PAU
3

Ret
HUN
1

Ret
HUN
2

16
HUN
3

4
SPA
1

1
SPA
2

1
SPA
3

1
NOR
1

1
NOR
2

1
NOR
3

1
MSC
1

3
MSC
2

Ret
MSC
3

2
RBR
1

5
RBR
2

4
RBR
3

12
NÜR
1

1
NÜR
2

Ret
NÜR
3

3
IMO
1

IMO
2

IMO
3

HOC
1

HOC
2

HOC
3

2nd* 325*

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Drivers / Max Verstappen". ESPN F1. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Paul Kumpen". Racing Sportscars. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Limburgs Kart Championship – Mini-Junior 2005". DriverDB.com. Retrieved 27 January 2014. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Rotax Max Challenge Belgium Minimax 2006". DriverDB.com. Retrieved 27 January 2014. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Rotax Max Challenge Belgium Minimax 2007". DriverDB.com. Retrieved 27 January 2014. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Belgian Championship – Cadet 2008". DriverDB.com. Retrieved 27 January 2014. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Rotax Max Challenge Belgium Minimax 2008". DriverDB.com. Retrieved 27 January 2014. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Belgian Championship – KF5 2009". DriverDB.com. Retrieved 27 January 2014. [dead link]
  9. ^ "VAS Championship – Rotax Minimax 2009". DriverDB.com. Retrieved 27 January 2014. [dead link]
  10. ^ "CIK-FIA World Cup – KF3 2010". DriverDB.com. Retrieved 27 January 2014. [dead link]
  11. ^ "WSK World Series – KF3 2010". DriverDB.com. Retrieved 27 January 2014. [dead link]
  12. ^ "WSK Euro Series – KF3 2011". DriverDB.com. Retrieved 27 January 2014. [dead link]
  13. ^ "WSK Master Series – KF2 2012". DriverDB.com. Retrieved 27 January 2014. [dead link]
  14. ^ "17° Winter Cup – KF2 2012". DriverDB.com. Retrieved 27 January 2014. [dead link]
  15. ^ "SKUSA SuperNationals XVI – KZ2 2012". DriverDB.com. Retrieved 27 January 2014. [dead link]
  16. ^ "Max rijdt rest van seizoen op CRG kart met TM motor". Verstappen Info Page. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "Max Verstappen sensationeel in allereerste meters Formule Renault 2.0". RaceXpress.nl. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  18. ^ "Max op haar na snelste bij laatste FR 2.0 test van 2013". Verstappen Info Page. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  19. ^ "Max fenomenaal snel bij zijn eerste F3 test op Valencia". Verstappen Info Page. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  20. ^ "Max maakt autosportdebuut in Florida Winter Series". Verstappen Info Page. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  21. ^ "Max Verstappen new part of the Red Bull Junior Team". FIA. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  22. ^ "Max Verstappen per direct opgenomen in opleiding Red Bull". verstappen.nl (Nu.nl). 12 August 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  23. ^ Meens, Stefan (18 August 2014). "Max Verstappen will make Formula 1 debut in 2015 with Scuderia Toro Rosso". verstappen.nl (Verstappen Info Page). Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  24. ^ "Max Verstappen to race with Toro Rosso F1 team in 2015". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). 18 August 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Felix Rosenqvist
Formula Three Masters
Winner

2014
Succeeded by
Incumbent