Toro Rosso made headlines a couple of weeks ago when it signed Max Verstappen. Born in 1997, Verstappen is just 16, and will be just 17 when he makes his race debut next season, which will make him the youngest driver ever to compete in a F1 grand prix – by a margin of nearly two years, no less, the previously record held by Jaime Alguersuari, also of Toro Rosso, at 19. You imagine, then, that the team has been eager to showcase its young new talent, especially in his home country of Holland. So when STR set up one of its traveling Formula One road shows in the city of Rotterdam, it put Max behind the wheel. But things didn't go so well.
As you can see from this video, Verstappen lost control of the car – a 2007-spec STR7, if we're not mistaken – and drove it step-nose-first into the barricade in front of the cheering crowd. Not exactly a promising start to his career with the team, but then, Max has the rest of this season (and the winter break) to hone his skills as part of the Red Bull Junior program before his race debut, and he's already won nine races in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship this season.


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      Hek!
      • 5 Months Ago

      That's a mish-mash of different F1 cars. There's an RB9 chassis with an STR7 rear wing and an RB8 nose. 


      I'm gonna have to agree with Mika Hakkinen on this one: Kid's too young, does not have enough racing experience yet. 

        Tom Winch
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Hek!

        It's an STR7 from the 2012 season, not 2007 as stated in the article.  Google STR7 and you can find a trove of pics to prove it.

      Mudotaku
      • 5 Months Ago

      It appears Maldonado will have some competition next year.

      kadeshpa
      • 5 Months Ago
      Ridiculous.  This kid should NOT be behind the wheel of an F1 car, especially in a race environment.  Way over his head.  Even if he had all the talent in the world, he can't possibly have the mental maturity to race at the top flight.
      jonnybimmer
      • 5 Months Ago

      Everyone wants to be the next Hamilton, but Hamilton at least had several of years of other Formula series under his belt (as well as winning championships in F3 & GP2) before entering F1. Not claiming Max doesn't have talent, but there's no good reason why he should be involved with a top tier racing series. Keep him in the lower formula series where he belongs until he proves he has the skills to handle a F1 car against the rest of the world's top drivers. It's hard to not see him in F1 for any reason other than money and family connections. 

      flammablewater
      • 5 Months Ago

      It looks like he was nervous after he almost drove into the barrier on the other side (when they pushed him back the first time) so he was too reluctant to give enough throttle to spin the tires on his second attempt. He probably didn't want to crash the car in front of all those people, which is exactly why he crashed. Poor kid - I have no doubt he'll be better on track, but how much better is unknown.

      kA
      • 5 Months Ago

      This is cringeworthy. I almost feel bad for the kid... but really, he's not ready for F1 (yet).

      user.name.deleted
      • 5 Months Ago

      Holland is a region and former province on the western coast of the Netherlands; Holland is not a country; Rotterdam is the second-largest city in the Netherlands.

      dukeisduke
      • 4 Months Ago

      Is he the son of another famous driver?  The name Verstappen sounds familiar.

      Brodz
      • 5 Months Ago

      Silly entitled brat. You know how that thing costs?

      akitadog
      • 5 Months Ago

      I partly blame this on Max. The rest of the blame goes to Toro Rosso thinking it was a good idea to run an F1 car on the street.