Verstappen passes driving test as he turns 18

Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen celebrated his 18th birthday by passing his driving test on Wednesday.

The Dutchman, the youngest driver to line up on the Formula 1 grid at the age of 17, had passed the theory test in January, but had to wait until he was 18 to take the driving test.

Verstappen passed the test at the first attempt.

"It's great to be 18 and to have a driving license," he said on his website. "That I'm finally allowed on the road on my own gives me more independence, which is great!

"I have to say it's a relief to pass the test. I was a bit nervous to make mistakes, but the exam went well."

The Toro Rosso driver had said over the Japanese Grand Prix weekend that he did not know when he would be able to take the test due to his busy schedule.

"It's a moment of peace and I still think that way," he added. "However, if I want to go somewhere on my own, at least now I'm able to jump in my Renault Clio RS and go. That sense of liberty feels great."


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Series Formula 1
Drivers Max Verstappen
Teams Toro Rosso
Article type Breaking news