Max Verstappen became the youngest driver to ever race in Formula 1 when making his debut at the 2015 Australian Grand Prix for Toro Rosso, aged just 17 years and 166 days old. The Dutchman impressed with multiple points finishes - including in the second race of the season in Malaysia - although regularly gained attention for his hard racing antics, no more so than after his terrifying high-speed accident at the Monaco Grand Prix. Verstappen ended the year 12th in the standings, ahead of team-mate Carlos Sainz, with his performance good enough for rookie of the year. His racing credentials were cemented by an outrageous move around the outside of Felipe Nasr at the Blanchimont corner at Spa-Francorchamps.
Verstappen's contractual details are not known to the public for obvious reasons, although his Red Bull contract is believed to be worth around $20-25million. In addition to his base salary, Verstappen will generate further income from his personal sponsors, who include Dutch companies Ziggo and Jumbo, as well as clothing company G-Star Raw.
Verstappen's first car was a yellow Renault Clio, given to him as a gift. Even though he was driving in Formula 1 at the time for Toro Rosso, he was actually unable to drive the car initially as he was without a road driving license. Verstappen has also owned an Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante and a Porsche 911 GT3 RS.
Verstappen is the son of former F1 driver Jos Verstappen, who drove for Bennetton, Simtek, Footwork, Tyrrell, Stewart, Arrows and finally Minardi between 1994 and 2003. Jos was the guiding force for Verstappen's racing career, present during his Karting days and continuing to influence his son throughout the junior formulas all the way to the top. Verstappen Sr is still an ever-present figure in the Red Bull garage to this day, supporting his son's progress as he aims for a world championship. Max has spoken in recent times of the pair's desire to race in an endurance event together in the future.
Max Verstappen is an active Instagram user and uses the social media platform to keep his fans up to date with his racing progress, training methods and offers insights into his personal life. Verstappen has four million followers to date.
Verstappen's early F1 helmets were dominated by the Red Bull corporate colours, with a heavy presence of dark blue. However, in 2020, the Dutchman switched to a largely white design, with Red Bull logos emblazoned across the side of the lid and orange shading throughout, a design he will keep for 2021.
|3 - 5 july||Red Bull Ring||Valtteri Bottas||DNF - Hydraulics|
|10 - 12 july||Red Bull Ring||Lewis Hamilton||3 - 15 points|
|17 - 19 july||Hungaroring||Lewis Hamilton||2 - 18 points|
31 july -
|Silverstone Circuit||Lewis Hamilton||2 - 19 points|
|7 - 9 august||Silverstone Circuit||Max Verstappen||1 - 25 points|
|14 - 16 august||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya||Lewis Hamilton||2 - 18 points|
|28 - 30 august||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps||Lewis Hamilton||3 - 15 points|
|4 - 6 september||Autodromo Nazionale Monza||Pierre Gasly||DNF - Failed|
|11 - 13 september||Mugello||Lewis Hamilton||DNF - Collision|
|25 - 27 september||Sochi Autodrom||Valtteri Bottas||2 - 18 points|
|9 - 11 october||Nürburgring||Lewis Hamilton||2 - 19 points|
|23 - 25 october||Portimão Circuit||Lewis Hamilton||3 - 15 points|
31 october -
|Imola||Lewis Hamilton||DNF - Failed|
|13 - 15 november||Intercity Istanbul Park||Lewis Hamilton||6e - 8 points|
|27 - 29 november||Bahrain International Circuit||Lewis Hamilton||2 - 19 points|
|4 - 6 december||Bahrain International Circuit||Sergio Pérez||DNF - Failed|
|11 - 13 december||Yas Marina Circuit||Max Verstappen||1 - 25 points|