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72 Facts About Max Verstappen You Should Know

Max Verstappen is Red Bull’s second World Champion. As the youngest driver to ever start a Grand Prix, Verstappen has always been seen as the youngster on the grid. His aggressive driving style makes him incredibly fast, and he has often been compared to the likes of Ayrton Senna.

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1. When And Where Was Max Verstappen Born?

Max Verstappen was born on the 30th of September in 1997 in the town of Hasselt in Belgium. Hasselt is the capital and largest city in the province of Limburg, which is the Flemish region of Belgium. 

2. Who Is Max Verstappen’s Dad?

Johannes “Jos” Franciscus Verstappen is Max Verstappen’s father. Jos Verstappen is a Dutch former racing driver who competed in Formula 1 between the years of 1994 and 2003. Jos Verstappen has 107 race entries with two podiums and 17 career points. 

3. What Is Max Verstappen’s Zodiac Sign?

Max Verstappen’ Zodiac sign is Libra. As a Libra, this puts him alongside many other famous Libra celebrities including Zac Efron, Kim Kardashian, Eminem, and Will Smith.

4. Max Verstappen Height & Weight

Max Verstappen’s height is 1.81 meters (5 feet 11 inches). This is relatively tall compared to the rest of the grid. Max also weighs only 72 kilograms (159 lbs) which is in a similar range to the rest of the grid.

5. Where Did Max Verstappen Go To School?

Max Verstappen went to St Ursula School in Maaseik, Belgium. Max Verstappen left school at the age of 15 when it became difficult to mix school and racing. The Dutchman made it to Formula 1 just two years later.

6. When Did Max Verstappen Start Karting?

Max Verstappen started karting at the age of 4. Verstappen took part in his first race in 2003 at the age of 6 and often raced at the Genk circuit in Belgium. Genk is one of the best karting circuits in the world, often hosting huge international events.

7. Did Max Verstappen Do Karting With Charles Leclerc?

Max Verstappen did do karting with Charles Leclerc, as they both took up the sport at around the same time. The two of them even met on track a couple of times, with one particular race becoming famous for an incident between the two drivers forcing each other off track.

8. Did Max Verstappen Race In F4?

Max Verstappen did not race in Formula 4. Instead, he raced in Formula Renault, which is the equivalent of F4. After karting, Verstappen raced in the Florida Winter Series in 2014, winning two races in the series against drivers who had more experience in the category. 

9. Was Max Verstappen In F3?

Max Verstappen did race the European Formula 3 Championship for Van Amersfoort Racing. At the age of just 16, Max broke a record by scoring 6 consecutive wins and recording a total of 10 victories during the season, resulting in a third-placed finish overall.

10. Was Max Verstappen In F2?

Max Verstappen did not participate in F2. Following his debut in race cars at the Formula Renault Florida Winter Series, the Dutchman went on to participate in Formula 3. The next step in his career would have been Formula 2, but he was called up to race for Toro Rosso in F1 in 2015.

11. Why Did Max Verstappen Skip F2?

Max Verstappen skipped F2 because he was part of the Red Bull Junior Program, and he was selected for the Toro Rosso driver line up for the 2015 season because of his F3 performance. There was no Super License points requirements at the time, which meant Max could skip F2 and go straight to F1.

12. Does Max Verstappen Have A Driver’s License?

Max Verstappen currently has a driver’s license for road cars. However, at the time of entering Formula 1, the Dutchman was only 17, too young to complete his driver’s test and acquire a road car license despite racing in the pinnacle of motorsport.

13. When Did Max Verstappen Get Into F1?

Max Verstappen first drove a Formula 1 car in an official session at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix. Aged just 17 years and three days, Max became the youngest driver in history to participate in a Formula 1 race weekend. Verstappen’s first race in F1 was in 2015 at the Australian Grand Prix.

14. How Did Max Verstappen Get Into F1 At 17?

Max Verstappen go into F1 at the age of 17 as his career was fast-tracked by the Red Bull Junior Academy and the fact that there was no Super License points system established to prevent such young drivers from entering the sport. Drivers must now be at least 18 years old to race in F1.

15. Who Was Max Verstappen’s First F1 Team?

Max Verstappen’s first F1 team was Toro Rosso (now AlphaTauri), which is considered to be the Red Bull junior team of Formula 1. He stayed with Toro Rosso for just over one season before being promoted to Red Bull Racing during the 2016 season.

16. When Were Max Verstappen And Carlos Sainz Teammates?

Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz were teammates during his entire stint with Toro Rosso, from the start of the 2015 season until the Spanish GP in 2016. Verstappen was promoted to Red Bull in May 2016 before the Spanish Grand Prix, ending his partnership with Sainz.

17. Is Max Verstappen A Pay Driver?

Max Verstappen is not a pay driver in Formula 1. Despite bringing his own sponsorships to the team, Verstappen made it to F1 through the Red Bull Junior Academy. Red Bull does not take on any pay drivers, and they choose their lineup purely based on the performance of their drivers.

18. Did Max Verstappen Drive For Ferrari?

Max Verstappen did not drive for Ferrari. Verstappen’s entire Formula 1 career has been with Red Bull (and Toro Rosso), and he has never been a part of the Ferrari team. During his time in Formula 3, Verstappen was part of the Van Amersfoort racing team which is based in the Netherlands.

19. How Fast Is Max Verstappen?

Max Verstappen is one of the fastest drivers in Formula 1, and it’s not just because of his car. Verstappen has been an incredibly fast driver throughout his entire career, winning multiple competitions from karting all the way through to Formula 3, proving that he is one of the fastest drivers in the world.

20. Has Max Verstappen Had A Grand Slam?

Max Verstappen has had 2 Grand Slams, with his first being in Austria 2021 and his second coming at the 2022 Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix. A Grand Slam in Formula 1 is when a driver wins the race from pole position, leading every lap with the fastest lap of the race. 

21. Has Max Verstappen Ever Been Lapped?

Max Verstappen has never been lapped in any race that he has completed. Even during his time as a young driver at Toro Rosso, Verstappen always produced competitive drives and was fast enough to avoid being lapped by the leaders.

22. Has Max Verstappen Ever Been Beaten By A Teammate?

Max Verstappen has never been beaten by a teammate over the course of a season. Max has been praised by several major F1 figures as one of the fastest drivers who will always get the better of his teammates in the same machinery.

23. What Engine Does Max Verstappen Use?

Max Verstappen currently uses a Red Bull Powertrains engine that has been built at the Red Bull F1 factory in Milton Keynes. The engine is built under the guidance of Honda, who produced Verstappen and Red Bull’s title-winning engine in 2021. 

24. How Much Does Red Bull Pay Max Verstappen?

Red Bull pay Max Verstappen around $5 million per year. This makes him the highest paid driver on the entire grid. Verstappen signed a contract with Red Bull to remain at the team until 2028, which would net him a total of $330 million for his entire contract’s duration.

25. How Much Does Max Verstappen Earn A Week?

Max Verstappen earns around $1,000,000 per week from his $50+ million salary. This makes him number 26 on the list of the highest-paid athletes in the world in 2022. Lewis Hamilton holds the 17th spot due to higher endorsement earnings compared to Max.

26. How Much Does Max Verstappen Earn Per Race?

Max Verstappen earns around $2.3 million per race based purely on his salary in a 22-race F1 season. That excludes any performance-related bonuses that Red Bull has included in his contract such as winning races, claiming pole positions, and setting any fastest laps.

27. What Is Max Verstappen’s Net Worth?

Max Verstappen’s net worth is around $200 million. With his long contract in place, Verstappen’s net worth will only increase over the coming years. The main contributors to his net worth are cash, real estate, and liabilities such as cars and a private jet.

28. What Does Max Verstappen Do With His Money?

Max Verstappen has used his generous Red Bull salary to purchase several supercars and real estate in multiple countries, including Monaco. Verstappen also owns a private jet, and likely spends a lot of his money traveling the world and enjoying himself when he’s not racing.

29. Is Max Verstappen A World Champion?

Max Verstappen is a World Champion, having won the championship in 2021. Verstappen won the World Championship by overtaking Lewis Hamilton on the final lap of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The championship came down to just eight points, the difference between a first and second place finish.

30. Was Max Verstappen The Youngest World Champion?

Max Verstappen was not the youngest F1 World Champion, even though he does hold many records tied to his age. Sebastian Vettel still holds the record for the youngest World Champion at 23 years and 124 days. Max was 24 years and 73 days when he became Champion.

31. Why Does Max Verstappen Have Number 1?

Max Verstappen drives with the number 1 on his car and his racing gear because he is the reigning World Champion. The number one is reserved for the previous season’s champion only, and other drivers have to use their pre-selected race numbers.

32. How Much Did Max Verstappen Win In 2021?

Max Verstappen won the World Championship in 2021, which was in large part to his 10 race wins that season. In terms of financial winnings, Verstappen reportedly earned a bonus of around $14 million, and it also led to him signing a $50+ million per year salary until 2028. 

33. Why Is Max Verstappen So Good?

Max Verstappen is a great driver because of his unique driving style. He has a natural ability to find grip where other drivers can’t, and he knows exactly how to get the most out of his car. He is also an extremely aggressive driver, which makes him incredibly difficult to race against.

34. What Makes Verstappen So Fast?

Max Verstappen has always been a fast driver, which comes down to his driving style and his excellent car control capabilities. The car also plays an important role in his speed, and Red Bull have designed several cars that have unlocked his potential and suit his driving style.

35. Is Max Verstappen A Generational Talent?

Max Verstappen is considered to be a generational talent. He is part of the next generation of drivers that includes Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris, and George Russell. Being the first of the next generation to win a world title in Formula 1 has solidified his status as a generational talent.

36. Is Max Verstappen Better Than Charles Leclerc?

It’s unclear if Max Verstappen is better than Charles Leclerc. It’s hard to measure drivers from two different teams against one another on track as there are many other factors that need to be considered. However, Verstappen has certainly had the upper hand in fighting Leclerc on track in the past.

37. Is Max Verstappen Better Than Lewis Hamilton?

Max Verstappen is not necessarily better than Lewis Hamilton. It’s difficult to say who is better because they have both had very different starts to their careers and are in very different teams, but they are both excellent drivers in their own way with completely different driving styles.

38. Is Max Verstappen Better Than Sebastian Vettel?

Max Verstappen is not better than Sebastian Vettel, but Vettel is not necessarily better than Verstappen. While Vettel was a dominant force during his Red Bull days, Verstappen has the potential and the ability to break many of his records in his current run of form.

39. Is Max Verstappen Good In The Rain?

Max Verstappen is considered to be one of the best drivers in the rain. Verstappen has excellent car control, which gives him an edge over other drivers in wet conditions, and he has won several wet races.

40. Is Max Verstappen The Best F1 Driver? 

Max Verstappen is not the best F1 driver ever, as it’s too early in his career to suggest that is the case. The best drivers in F1 are usually said to be the likes of Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton, and Ayrton Senna, and Verstappen could very well end up among their ranks in future.

41. Is Max Verstappen The GOAT?

It’s too early to tell if Max Verstappen will be the greatest driver of all time. He has a long career ahead of him, and he would need to beat the records set by Hamilton, Schumacher, and many others. 

42. What Is Max Verstappen’s Best Track?

Max Verstappen’s best track is statistically the Red Bull Ring in Austria, where he has had 4 wins. He has won 3 times in Mexico, and twice at 6 different circuits. Max Verstappen says his favorite track in the world is Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. 

43. Is Max Verstappen A Dirty Driver?

Max Verstappen has been labeled a dirty driver in the past, especially when he first arrived in F1 and caused accidents with other drivers. However, Max has developed his racecraft ever since and has become one of the most skilled wheel-to-wheel racers on the grid.

44. What Is Max Verstappen’s Driving Style?

Max Verstappen has a very aggressive driving style, often compared to that of Ayrton Senna. However, he has had to adapt his driving style slightly over the years, especially in 2022 when the new aerodynamic regulations drastically changed how the cars handled. 

45. What Cars Does Max Verstappen Own?

Max Verstappen owns multiple cars, including an Aston Martin DB11, an Aston Martin Vantage, Aston Martin Valkyrie, Ferrari Monza SP2, Ferrari 488 Pista, Renault R.S.01, Porsche 911 GT3 RS, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, and several others.

46. Does Max Verstappen Drive A Ferrari?

Max Verstappen owns 2 Ferraris. He drives a Ferrari Monza SP2 and a Ferrari 488 Pista. Verstappen has always been a fan of supercars, so it’s not a surprise that he owns at least one of the famous brand’s cars.

47. Does Max Verstappen Own An F1 Car?

Max Verstappen does not own an F1 car. However, teams will sometimes give their drivers a car if they win a World Championship or when they leave the team, and so Verstappen may end up owning at least one in the future.

48. What Games Does Max Verstappen Play?

Max Verstappen is known for spending a lot of his free time playing racing sims and FIFA. The Dutchman, along with other drivers from the same generation, often stream their gaming sessions on Twitch and YouTube so fans can interact with them.

49. Does Max Verstappen Play iRacing?

Max Verstappen does play iRacing. Not only does he stream the races that he participates in, but he’s even taken part in some big events such as the Bathurst 12 hour race, along with Lando Norris. Sim racing helps F1 drivers to develop their abilities and car control without being in a racing car.

50. Does Max Verstappen Stream On Twitch?

Max Verstappen does stream on Twitch. Verstappen often streams himself playing iRacing, Call of Duty, and FIFA. Verstappen often streams with some other Formula 1 drivers including Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc.

51. Is Max Verstappen Good At FIFA?

Max Verstappen is a huge fan of FIFA which is a game that he plays and streams regularly. Max is very skilled at FIFA and was once ranked as the 21st best FIFA player in the world and spent two consecutive years inside the top 50 best FIFA players in the world.

52. Is Max Verstappen Friends With Lando Norris?

Max Verstappen is very good friends with Lando Norris, who is a driver that is considered the same generation as him. Lando and Max spent the majority of their karting years together, and there are multiple photos of them together during karting tournaments as close friends.

53. How Many Times Has Max Verstappen Crashed?

Max Verstappen has crashed a total of 29 times during his Formula 1 career. These crashes have not all been his fault, but ultimately they have helped Max to find his limits and test them, which helped turn him into the skilled driver that he has become today.

54. How Many G’s Did Max Verstappen Hit The Wall At?

Max Verstappen suffered a 51G impact in his crash during the controversial opening lap of the 2021 British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Verstappen’s G Force warning sensor was triggered, which meant that he had to undergo a mandatory medical checkup, but luckily did not suffer any injuries.

55. What Happened Between Max Verstappen And Esteban Ocon?

Max Verstappen and Esteban Ocon collided during the 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix while Max was lapping the French driver. After the race, Verstappen went over to Ocon to voice his frustration, and a physical altercation took place between the two drivers at the scales where drivers are weighed.

56. What Is The Max Verstappen Rule?

The Max Verstappen rule is the rule that requires F1 drivers to be at least 18 years old. There was another temporary “Max Verstappen rule” that limited how much drivers were allowed to move under braking while being overtaken as there was a safety concern, but it was dropped in 2017.

57. Did Max Verstappen Win BBC Sports Personality Of The Year?

Max Verstappen did not win BBC Sports Personality of the Year, but he was nominated for the award in 2021 alongside other athletes including Novak Djokovic, Tom Brady, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, and Elaine Thompson-Herah. The award was won by Emma Raducanu in the end.

58. Why Is Max Verstappen Famous?

Max Verstappen is famous for being Formula 1 World Champion in 2021, and for being the youngest ever Formula 1 driver. The Dutch driver has gained many fans as he became a challenger for the dominant Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes during the V6 hybrid era.

59. How Popular Is Max Verstappen In The Netherlands?

Max Verstappen is very popular in the Netherlands. Max has multiple songs made in support of his Formula 1 endeavors, and his fans, the ‘Orange Army,’ often travel all around the world to support him at different races. Whether it’s in the US or in Asia, the “Oranje fans” can be found everywhere.

60. Why Is Max Verstappen So Popular?

Max Verstappen was not always a popular driver on the grid as he was seen as immature and too young. However, during his time at Red Bull he has matured, and he has gained the respect of others in the paddock. He also has a fun, straightforward personality off the track that appeals to many fans.

61. How Many Fans Does Max Verstappen Have?

In a recent fan survey, Max Verstappen was revealed to be the most popular driver on the grid ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris. Verstappen is the driver with the most fans around the world, but the Dutch fans make up a large percentage of his global fanbase.

62. Why Do Max Verstappen Fans Wear Orange?

Max Verstappen fans wear orange because it is the national color of the Netherlands. The Dutch national football team also wears orange, and it’s also the main color used in celebrations such as King’s Day, a national holiday celebrating the King’s birthday in the Netherlands.

63. Is Max Verstappen Related To Michael Schumacher?

Max Verstappen is not related to Michael Schumacher, but his father Jos Verstappen was close friends with Schumacher. Max often referred to him as “Uncle Michael,” but they are in no way related to one another aside from spending some time together while Max was younger.

64. Is Max Verstappen Left Handed?

Max Verstappen is not left handed. When signing autographs or writing, Verstappen always uses his right hand. It’s often difficult to judge whether a driver is left handed or right handed, but the easiest way to tell is to keep an eye on them when they sign merchandise for fans.

65. What Brand Of Helmet Does Max Verstappen Wear?

Max Verstappen wears a Schuberth helmet. With the 2019 regulation changes, his usual Arai helmets were too small for him and left him feeling uncomfortable in the car. Red Bull approved his switch to Schuberth before the start of the 2019 season.

66. What Is Max Verstappen’s Reaction Time?

Max Verstappen has a reaction time of about 0.231 seconds, which was tested by WTF1. However, reaction times will always vary, and sometimes Max could react faster or slower depending on a number of variables at the start of a Grand Prix. In general, Max Verstappen has excellent race starts.

67. Why Does Max Verstappen Say Simply Lovely?

The term “simply lovely” is something that Max Verstappen has always used during his career as a sort of signature quote. He often uses the term after winning a race or performing well in qualifying. Verstappen has also used the term to express gratitude to his team.

68. When Does Max Verstappen’s Contract End?   

Max Verstappen’s current contract ends in 2028. Depending on his performance in the upcoming seasons, Verstappen could extend his contract to stay at the team for even longer than 2028. Verstappen currently has the longest contract on the grid.

69. Will Max Verstappen Retire?

Max Verstappen will retire in the future. However, since his career started at such a young age, Verstappen has the potential to have the longest career in the history of Formula 1. Verstappen could easily remain in the sport for another 10 years or more. 

70. Will Max Verstappen Stay At Red Bull?

Max Verstappen will stay at Red Bull until at least 2028. He could extend his contract from 2028 to remain at Red Bull for even longer, but there are many important variables to consider such as his performance, and the team’s performance, and he could switch to another team or another motorsport.

71. Would Max Verstappen Leave Red Bull?

Max Verstappen has not yet stated any intentions of leaving Red Bull or driving for another team in the future. There is a chance that Verstappen could move to another team in the future when looking for a new challenge, but he is set to remain a part of the Red Bull team until 2028.

72. Will Max Verstappen Join Mercedes?

Max Verstappen is unlikely to join Mercedes. Mercedes have committed to George Russell and Lewis Hamilton as their drivers for the foreseeable future. After 2028, there is a chance that Verstappen could join Mercedes, or any other team on the grid, or leave F1 altogether.