Max Verstappen Biography, Wiki, Age, Birthday, Net Worth, Girlfriend

Max Verstappen Biography, Wiki, Age, Birthday, Net Worth, Girlfriend

Max Verstappen

Birth name: Max Emilian Verstappen
Date of birthday: September 30, 1997
Age: 25 years
Place of birth: Hasselt, Belgium
Profession: Belgian-Dutch motorsports racing driver
Marital status: unmarried
Partner: Kelly Tamsma Piquet
Height: 181 cm
Original hair color: Brown
Zodiac Sign: Blue
Star ticket: Libra
Nationality: Belgian, Dutch
Awards: Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsman of the Year
Podiums: 72
Current team: Red Bull Racing
Dates joined: 2016 (Red Bull Racing), 2015 (Scuderia Toro Rosso)
Net Worth: $60 million dollars

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Max Verstappen was born on September 30, 1997 in Belgium. His father Jos Verstappen was a former Formula 1 driver (1994-2003), and his mother Sophie Kumpen was a go-kart racer. His maternal uncle, Anthony Kumpen, is a NASCAR racer. Max is a dual citizen, Belgian through his mother, while Dutch through his father Jos, so he competes in Dutch colors. He has a younger sister, Victoria, who was born in 1999. Another sister, Blue Jaye, was born from her father’s marriage.

Max Verstappen His career

Through his parents and uncle, the love for racing and motorsports was in Max’s blood from birth. He started go-karting at the age of 4, he started for the first time in the Belgian Mini Junior Championship in the province of Limburg. In 2006 he competed in the Rotax Max Minimax series and won the Belgian Championship. After that, he also won the Dutch Minimax Championship. In 2008, he became champion again in the Dutch and Belgian Minimax series, and he did not find a challenger in the Belgian Cadet championship either.

In 2009, the barely 12-year-old Max competed for Pex Racing. That year, he also won the Flemish Minimax Championship and the Belgian KF5 Championship. In 2010, he rowed in international waters. He signed with CRG to compete in World and European Championships. He finished second in the KF3 World Championship behind the more experienced Alexander Albon. However, he beat Albon in the WSK Euro Series and also won the WSK World Series.

In 2011 he became the Euro Series champion again, in 2012 he won the WSK Master Series and the South Garda Winter Cup. He joined the Intrepid Driver Program in 2012, then won the KZ2 championship, but at the end of the year he reconfirmed with the CRG factory team. In 2013, at just 16 years old, he won the KZ1 championship, the highest ranking competition in go-karting.

On October 11, 2013, Max sat in a racing car for the first time at the Pembrey Circuit, driving a Formula Renault, driven by the Dutch Manor MP Motorsport team. In December 2013, he was able to test Dallara’s F311 Formula 3 racing car. He took part in one more Formula Renault test at the Jerez track in December. 

In 2014, he competed in the European Formula 3 Championship with the Van Amersfoort team. Max’s introduction went well, as he finished third in the championship. 

He joined the Formula 1 Red Bull Junior team in August 2014. He received an offer from the Formula 1 Mercedes team to join their youth training program.  A few days later, it was officially confirmed that, along with Carlos Sainz Jr., Max Verstappen will be a driver for the Toro Rosso Formula 1 team in the 2015 season.

Formula 1

Toro Rosso (2014-2016)

In the 2014 season, he was a reserve competitor and test driver for Torro Rosso.

In January 2015, he received a super license from the FIA ​​(International Automobile Federation) to compete in Formula 1 races, making Verstappen the youngest driver to compete in a world championship race.

His debut season did not start well, Max had to deal with negative opinions, many believed that at 17 years old he was not mature enough to compete in the king category. He was eliminated at the season opener, then finished 7th in Malaysia, setting a record again, becoming the youngest points scorer. In the following races, he was unable to finish the race due to technical reasons. In the 10th race of the season, the Hungarian Grand Prix, he finished 4th, which he managed to repeat in the American race. 

He finished 12th in the league this season with 49 points. 

He started the 2016 season with 10th place, followed by 6th in Bahrain and 8th in China. He was eliminated at the Russian Grand Prix, and after that he received a great opportunity from the mother stable.

Red Bull Racing (2016-)

From the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix, he took Daniil Kvyat’s place at Red Bull, thus officially becoming the team’s driver alongside Daniel Ricciardo. His debut with Red Bull was a great success, he finished 4th behind the Mercedes and his team-mate in Saturday’s qualifying session. And he won the Sunday race ahead of Räikkönen and Vettel. With this, he achieved the first victory of his career and set a new record, he became the youngest race winner. At the Brazilian Grand Prix, he once again set a new record: he ran the fastest lap, making him the youngest person in the history of Formula 1 to do so.

2017 can also be said to be a successful year for him: he finished fifth at the Austrian Grand Prix, he was able to reach the podium in China (3rd place), and he also finished fifth in Austria and Monaco. In Bahrain and Spain, he was unfortunately out of the race. After the Monaco Grand Prix, he started in Canada, where he got off to a great start, finishing second, but eventually dropped out of the race. He finished fourth in Great Britain, fifth in Hungary and tenth in Italy. 

He dropped out of the race in Belgium, Australia, Azerbaijan and Singapore, in the latter he started in second place, but the bad weather took its toll (besides him, 6 other competitors also dropped out of the Singapore race). In Malaysia, a day after his 20th birthday, he finished first, taking the second race victory of his career. At the subsequent Grand Prix, In Suzuka, he was able to reach the podium again, this time finishing second, ahead of his teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, who finished third. He took his third race win in Mexico.

The 2018 season began in Australia, where he managed to finish in sixth place. He was eliminated in Bahrain, then fifth in China. Due to an unfortunate accident in the race in Azerbaijan, he and his teammate Riccardo were eliminated. Max visited Budapest on May 1, 2018, for the big race.

He won pole position at the 2019 Hungaroring but ended up only second behind Hamilton. This year he won the German Grand Prix.

Verstappen continued to race for Red Bull in 2020 alongside Albon. He started second at the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix, but retired early in the race after a flywheel issue caused an electronic problem in the power unit. Honda introduced countermeasures in response to the retirement. 

At the 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix, he crashed in wet conditions on the way to the grid, but was able to drive the car back to the grid, where his mechanics fixed the car’s suspension in the short time left before the start. the competition. After the repairs, Verstappen moved up from seventh on the grid to second at the end of the race. He won the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone, starting from fourth place. Red Bull Racing Team principal Christian Horner described it as an “amazing performance” by Verstappen and his Red Bull support team. He finished second at the Spanish Grand Prix after finishing third.

He finished third at the 2020 Belgian Grand Prix after qualifying third. He suffered two consecutive DNFs at the Italian and Tuscan Grand Prix, after which he lost second place in the championship. At the Russian Grand Prix, Verstappen finished second on the podium, seventh in 2020, after finishing second behind Hamilton. 

At the Eifel Grand Prix, Verstappen finished second after qualifying in third place. He also managed to get the fastest lap of the race. At the Portuguese Grand Prix, Verstappen achieved 3rd place. After a weak first round, he finished 5th. He returned to 3rd and achieved his 40th podium finish in Formula 1. At the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, he was on course to move up to 2nd after Valtteri Bottas’ floor problems, but then suffered a puncture and spun, causing his 4th retirement of 2020. season.

During free practice for the Portuguese Grand Prix, Verstappen was involved in controversy over comments he made on team radio after a collision with Lance Stroll, where he used the words “retard” and “Mongolian” in response to the collision. Verstappen admitted after the session that the choice of words he used “wasn’t right”, while the Mongolian government and Mongolian identity group asked Verstappen to apologize for the comments; the Mongolian government also urged the FIA ​​to take action on the comments it made, although the FIA ​​did not take any action. 

At the Turkish Grand Prix, he started from second place, behind Lance Stroll, but fell back to sixth place, leaving him with eight points. At the Bahrain Grand Prix, he was able to move up one place from third place, finishing the race in second place. 18 + 1 points for the fastest lap. He also started the Sakhíri Grand Prix from third place, behind George Russell, but had to retire from the race during a collision with Charles Leclerc. In the last race of the year, he started in first place, which he managed to hold until the end of the race, thus earning himself 25 points.

Verstappen signed with Red Bull until 2023, and he started the year 2021 with Sergio Perez. At the 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix, Verstappen took first place in all free practice sessions and then took the fourth pole position of his career. The race was led by Max until the first pit stop when Lewis took the lead. As Lewis was out first to change a tire, Max easily took the first place back from him. 

It was the same after the second pit stop. Three laps before the end of the race, Max managed to overtake the Briton – but in the process he drifted off the track, so according to the rules, he immediately returned the position to Hamilton (who, by the way, left the track several times during the same part of the race), and in the remaining two laps could no longer make a successful attack, At the next race, the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Verstappen’s team-mate Sergio Pérez qualified for third place with his 2nd place, marking the first time he was nominated by a team-mate since the 2019 Italian Grand Prix. 

At the start of the race, Verstappen was able to pass both Pérez and Polestar Lewis Hamilton to take the lead. He remained in the lead after pitstops in the first round and after the restart after the race was suspended on lap 33. Rival Hamilton finished 2nd, reducing Verstappen’s championship lead to 1 point. 

Max Verstappen F1 CAREER IN BRIEF:  (after the 2021 Emilia Romagna GP)

× Permanent number of starts: 33
× Teams: Torro-Rosso (2014-2016), Red Bull (2016-2023)
× Grands prix: 128 (127 starts)
× WC title: –
× Race wins: 14
× Podium positions: 49
× WC points: 1318
× Pole positions: 6
× Fastest laps: 13
× First race: 2015 Australian Grand Prix
× First win: 2016 Spanish Grand Prix
× Most recent victory: 2021 Styrian Grand Prix
× 2015 WC position: 12th (49 points )
× 2016 WC ranking: 5th (204 points)
× 2017 WC ranking: 6th (168 points)
× 2018 WC ranking: 4th (249 points)
× 2019 WC ranking: 3rd ( 278 points)
× 2020 WC ranking: 3rd (214 points)
× 2021 WC ranking: 1st (156 points – in progress!)

Max Verstappen Interesting facts

× His records : 
– at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix he was given the opportunity to test for Torro Rosso, making him the youngest driver to take part in a race weekend,
– at the 2015 Australian Grand Prix at the age of 17 years and 166 days (he took this from Jaime Alguersuari the record), so he is the youngest driver ever to start in a Formula 1 race
– at the age of 17 years and 180 days he scored points at the 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix, which made him the youngest scorer, 
– on May 15, 2016 he won the Spanish Grand Prix
– at the age of 19, he had the fastest lap at the 2016 Brazilian Grand Prix

Max Verstappen Private Life

For a while, Max dated Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky, who is also a racing driver. The couple broke up in the summer of 2016. She is currently dating Kelly Piquet, who was once Daniil Kvyat’s partner (with whom she also had a daughter).

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