Confirmed: Max Verstappen to become the youngest F1 driver ever

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Max Verstappen will join Daniil Kvyat at Toro Rosso next year, replace Jean-Eric Vergne.

Rising star Max Verstappen is set to become the youngest driver in Formula One history next year as the Dutchman joins Daniil Kvyat at Scuderia Toro Rosso for 2015, and will drive for the team aged just 17.
 
Verstappen has set the world alight in his first year in single-seaters, winning eight races so far in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship and with a shot of the title. "Ever since I was seven years old, Formula One has been a career goal, so this opportunity is truly a dream come true," said Verstappen.
 
This of course means the return of the Verstappen name to Formula One, after Max's father, Jos, drove for the likes of Benetton, Stewart and Arrows between 1994 and 2003. "We've all worked tremendously hard to reach Formula One. With the return of the Verstappen name to F1, I hope we can relive old memories and I'm hoping to see many fans at all the circuits."
 
Max, at the age of 17, will be the youngest driver in Formula One history, surpassing previous record holder Jaime Alguersuari by nearly two years.

Max Verstappen Comments

“First of all, I would like to thank Dr. Helmut Marko and Red Bull for all their trust and giving me the chance to make my Formula debut in 2015 with Scuderia Toro Rosso. Ever since I was seven years old, Formula 1 has been my career goal, so this opportunity is truly a dream come true.” 

“There are several people that have helped me throughout the years and still support me to this day and I want to sincerely thank them. First of all a big thanks to my father Jos, who has always been by my side, day and night, year after year. Of course I’m very thankful for all my sponsors who’ve believed in my talent and supported me in these financially difficult times. I hope that I can maintain a wonderful collaboration with them as I embark on this exciting new phase in my career. I also want to thank my manager Raymond Vermeulen, for all his efforts in making this agreement possible. Finally, thanks to all the teams in the various karting and single-seater categories for their vital help and support. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

“We’ve all worked tremendously hard to reach Formula 1 and I will give my absolute best to be successful in the pinnacle of motorsport. With the return of the Verstappen name to Formula 1, I hope we can relive old memories and I’m hoping to see many fans at all the Grand Prix circuits.”

Franz Tost Comments

“We are happy to welcome Max into the Toro Rosso family. It’s great to see how the Red Bull Junior Programme continues to find talented young drivers and gives them the opportunity to come into Formula 1. We consider Max to be as one of the most skilled young drivers of the new generation and we believe he has the necessary maturity and mental strength to take on this challenge successfully. This year he has already demonstrated how well he can cope under difficult conditions. For example, at the Norisring and Nürburgring, he showed extraordinary determination and the ability to withstand pressure before going on to win. Bearing in mind that Scuderia Toro Rosso was created with the aim of bringing young talent from the Red Bull Junior Team into Formula 1 and to educate them, it will now be up to us to provide Max with a competitive car, which will enable him to have the best possible start to his Formula 1 career.”

“With this in mind, I would also like to thank Jean-Eric Vergne for all his hard work. He has produced strong performances, but unfortunately he was also hindered by some reliability problems, especially in the first half of the current season. We hope that we have resolved these problems and that he will be able to end the second half of this season on a high note and thereby show that he still deserves another opportunity in Formula 1.”

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