The sport’s youngest ever competitor on how it felt to finally get his driving licence, and why following team orders shoudn’t be
Most teenagers are slightly awkward in frame, and 18-year-old Max Verstappen, tall and spindly, is no exception. His look is deceptively boyish, though, for there is no mistaking the condence of the ferocious competitor within.
He’s very happy on this warm evening in the Brazilian GP paddock at Interlagos. He’s just scooped three F1 Racing awards, for Rookie of the Year, Overtake of the Year – that amazing move around the outside of Felipe Nasr at Spa’s daunting 270km/h Blanchimont – plus Drive of the Year for his fourth place in the wet at Austin.
It’s clear that you, the readers of F1R, have been impressed by Max’s speed, determination and enthusiasm in his rst year of F1. He hasn’t been overawed in his rookie season, largely because he’s been well grounded by his father, former F1 racer Jos Verstappen, who is sitting alongside him as this interview commences. Indeed, he sits just within earshot as Max turns his attention to the pile of question cards…
What would you say has been the highlight of your rookie year? Sian Williams, UK I would denitely say Austin. It was a great race, I enjoyed it a lot and of course I was able to secure fourth position – an award-winning fourth position – thanks to the readers of F1 Racing. It was very special.
If you could get two current F1 cars congured and equalised to account for weight and body size, would you like to race your father? If so, on what track? And who would win? Scott Rost, USA Of course I would like to race my father, that would be very nice. And I would say Spa. Who would win? I don’t know. I think that my dad is still very fast, so… F1R: Have you ever driven against him in anything before? MV: No, not really. We haven’t had a chance to do that yet. Well, we have in video games but there was no chance for him to compete with me – I think that’s a generational thing.
Max, what a great rst season in F1. Are you surprised at how it has gone? Andy Willis, UK A little bit surprised, but you always have to believe in yourself and it can also depend on what car you get. Luckily we’ve had a great car so