Max Verstappen on the Road to F1

  • Charlie Jones
Episode 2: Follow 17-year-old Max Verstappen as he prepares to become F1’s youngest-ever driver.

Most people his age are hoping to pass their driving test, 17-year-old Max Verstappen is getting ready to be F1's youngest racing driver.

When he lines up on the grid at Albert Park, Melbourne for the Australian Grand Prix on March 15, Max will break Jaime Alguersuari's record by a massive two years.

It's a lot of pressure to pile on young shoulders even before you consider that his mentor, Helmut Marko, says he has the talent to be the next Ayrton Senna.

How is he coping with the pressure and how is he preparing for the challenge of racing in F1 at an age when most people are still in school?

Does coming from a family of racing drivers and pro-karters add to the pressure or relieve it?

In this exclusive video series of three videos, we look at the different aspects of his training and how Max is preparing to meet the challenge of adjusting to Formula One.

In episode one, we look at the physical preparation of racing in F1: Formula One cars are bigger, heavier and more powerful than F3 cars and the races are longer. We follow Max as he fine tunes his body for life in the fast lane.

In episode two, Max gets to know his new team, Scuderia Toro Rosso and his new team-mate, fellow Red Bull Junior Team alumnus and F1 rookie Carlos Sainz.

In episode three, Max begins testing the new Toro Rosso STR10 and steps into the simulator at Red Bull Technology.