As the 2014 Formula One World Championship returns from its summer break, preparations are beginning for next season with the latest announcement coming from Scuderia Toro Rosso. After having signed on with the Red Bull Junior Team development program earlier this month, Max Verstappen has now been promoted to a race seat for next season with STR.
Born in 1997, Verstappen will be the youngest driver ever to compete in F1 when he makes his debut next season. The young rookie has enjoyed a meteoric rise up the motor racing ladder. Just last year he was still in karts, and is currently standing in second place in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship, having already won several races – including the coveted Masters of Formula 3 race at Zandvoort.
The latest legacy driver to join the grid, Max is the son of Jos "the Boss" Verstappen who competed in F1 off and on between 1994 and 2004, scoring just two podium finishes (in his first year with Benetton) but taking an LMP2 class win at Le Mans in 2008.
At Toro Rosso next season, Max will drive alongside Russian rookie Daniil Kvyat, who just made his debut this season and became the youngest driver ever to score a championship point at the 2014 Australian Grand Prix. He replaces Jean-Eric Vergne, a similarly accomplished F3 driver who has failed to take a single podium finish in three seasons with the "other" Scuderia.