Seven years ago today: Verstappen debuted in Formula 1

Max Verstappen made his official racing debut in Formula 1 today exactly seven years ago. The Dutchman appeared at the start of the Australian Grand Prix at the age of 17 166 days.

Today, Verstappen is one of the biggest names in Formula 1. The Red Bull Racing driver is currently preparing for his first season as World Champion. His discovery once took place in two classes below. In 2014, Verstappen drove the stars from the sky in the wet Norrisring in Germany. He won all three Formula 3 races held there. That weekend, many Formula 1 celebrities came. Red Bull racing consultant Helmut Marco and others were on site to see the 16-year-old Dutchman he had heard so much about.

First look at Formula 1

Verstappen was not disappointed, and from that day on Marco was adamant: this guy should come to us. A few months later, it was announced that Verstappen, now 17, had made his Formula 1 debut in Japan. At Suzuka he was allowed to oversee a free workout on behalf of Toro Rosso, now AlphaTauri. Impressed there too.

Official racing introduction

The following year, on March 15, 2015, he made his debut as a full-time Formula 1 driver. Verstappen was still 17 years old, not yet allowed to drive on public roads, and had only a few kilometers of experience at the highest level. Thus, his arrival caused a great stir on the ground. It should be clear by now that this is the right move. See below for a series of photos of a young debutant Verstappen.

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