Inside Line: Happy Birthday Max a teen no more

Max Verstappen

I must be honest and say it gave me a kick when writing about Max Verstappen’s exploits while referring to him as a teenager.

Since he burst onto the Formula 1 scene, a couple of years ago, he has taken the the sport by storm and more often than not involved in the big stories after grand prix weekends.

Thus it was written “Teenager Verstappen superb in the wet” or “Teenager Verstappen becomes F1’s youngest winner” or “Ferrari haunted by teenager Verstappen” and the like.

Max the teenager rewrote the Formula 1 record books:

  • Youngest driver to start a Formula 1 race at 17 years, 166 days (2015 Australian Grand Prix)
  • Youngest driver to score points in Formula 1 at 17 years, 180 days (2015 Malaysian Grand Prix)
  • Youngest race leader, for at least one lap in Formula 1 at 18 years, 228 days (2016 Spanish Grand Prix)
  • Youngest driver to score a podium position in Formula 1 at 18 years, 228 days (2016 Spanish Grand Prix)
  • Youngest Grand Prix winner at 18 years, 228 days (2016 Spanish Grand Prix)
  • Youngest driver to set Fastest Lap in Formula 1 19 years, 44 days (2016 Brazilian Grand Prix)

Thus today comes to end an era of sorts, the young Dutchman is a teenager no more as he turned twenty, a milestone which was celebrated on Saturday in Red Bull’s pit garage with a big cake.

His name and his achievements, as a teen, are etched into the history of Formula 1 forever. I for one am happy and privileged to have been a witness to the rise of one of the most remarkable teenagers in the history of our sport.

Happy Birthday Max!