Max Verstappen made his Formula 1 debut in 2015. As a 17-year-old boy, he was the youngest ever debutant in Formula 1 and set a record. Then followed some other records such as the youngest driver in the points, the youngest driver on the podium and of course winning the Grand Prix of Spain in 2016, making him the youngest race winner ever.
A number of records will not be taken away soon because after the entry of Verstappen it was determined that drivers must be at least 18 years old to race in Formula 1. The rules for obtaining a super license have also become stricter and above all more difficult, partly because of Verstappen’s young debut.
Experience Max Verstappen
Five years later, the 22-year-old Dutchman is already in his sixth season in F1. Verstappen can no longer be called a young man and ‘young’ talent with his experience. Within a few years, Verstappen has become the leader of the Red Bull Racing top team. Everything is aimed at him and he is the man of the future.
This is due to his driving style, but mainly to his results. Experience counts is always said and Verstappen has experience now.
Father Jos Verstappen has at least one more record in F1; the Dutchman with the most Grand Prix starts. That counter is at 106, but today Max Verstappen will hold the record together with father Jos. Next week during the second race at Silverstone, Max Verstappen will ride his 107th Grand Prix and he will be at the top of the list.
At Silverstone, Max was asked about the record and how he views it. Max said to the press about this: “I don’t think my father cares that I now equal his record. I don’t care much about it either. But it’s good, better than zero Grand Prix starts. I hope 300 to 350 Grands Prix in the end to drive, so I still have about 10 or 12 years to go if I want to get there. ”
During the 106 Grands Prix that Jos Verstappen scored, he scored 17 points and came on the podium twice. The two podium places were reached in 1994 during the Grands Prix of Hungary and Belgium. In Hungary Jos was physically on the podium, in Belgium this was not the case because after the race his teammate Michael Schumacher was disqualified and Verstappen climbed a spot in the result from fourth to third place.
However, the 17 points that Jos Verstappen scored were still with the old points, with only the first 6 drivers getting points, and much less than in the current era.
Son Max Verstappen has driven 105 Grands Prix so far and scored 981 points. He achieved 8 wins, 2 pole positions, 7 times the fastest lap Verstappen and 33 times on the podium.