Born in Hasselt, Belgium, in 1997, it wasn’t long before the young Verstappen hit the race track, and by 2003 he was karting regularly in Genk, Belgium. In 2005, things got serious and he took part in his first championship, the Belgium Championship Mini (VAS), where he won all 21 races. By 2013, Verstappen had won just about everything karting had to offer, winning the 2013 World KZ championship at Varennes-sur-Allier in France. His single-seater debut came in the inaugural Florida Winter Series, but he was soon snapped up by Van Amersfoort to take part in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. At just 16, Verstappen took the F3 championship by storm, winning his sixth race before going on to win an incredible six consecutive victories in the series, placing third in the overall rankings.
Verstappen joined Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2015, making him the youngest Formula One driver in history, surpassing the record of Jaime Alguersuari by nearly two years. Verstappen went on to score an impressive 49 points in his debut season, taking two fourth places.
After just four races of 2016, Verstappen moved from Scuderia Toro Rosso to join Red Bull Racing and race alongside Daniel Ricciardo. In his very first grand prix for the team, in Spain, he defied the odds and, under relentless pressure from 2007 world champion Kimi Räikkönen in second place, took an epic maiden victory. Verstappen wasn’t finished there, however. A further six podium finishes, including perhaps the standout drive of the season in rain-lashed Brazil, landed Verstappen fifth overall in the 2016 World Championship and confirmed him as the hottest young talent in F1.
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