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Max Verstappen: The records rewriting F1 history

The three-time Formula One drivers' world champion has been rewriting F1 history from the moment he stepped into the paddock at age 17. This is Max Verstappen's record-breaking career.
By Paul Keith
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With second place in the Sprint Race at the 2023 Qatar Grand Prix, Max Verstappen sealed his third World Championship in a row. This season has been dominated by the brilliant young Dutchman who has also taken a record number of consecutive wins in F1.
More records will tumble in 2023, so let's run through the records making him the talent of his generation and the hottest property in motorsport…
Max Verstappen of Scuderia Toro Rosso and The Netherlands during practice for the Malaysia Formula One Grand Prix at Sepang Circuit on March 27, 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Max Verstappen lines up for Toro Rosso in Malaysia

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Youngest driver to take part in an F1 race weekend

  • Age: 17 and three days
  • Location: 2014 Japanese Grand Prix
With the ink barely dry on his Red Bull Junior Team contract, Verstappen made his F1 debut with Toro Rosso – now Scuderia AlphaTauri – replacing Jean-Éric Vergne to drive in Free Practice at Suzuka on the first day of the Japanese Grand Prix. The oldest F1 driver of all time is Louis Chiron, who was 55 years and 291 days when he raced in the 1955 Monaco Grand Prix, so Max has almost exactly 30 years to go if he wants to break this one.

Youngest driver to race in F1

  • Age: 17 and 166 days
  • Location: 2015 Australian Grand Prix
As half of an exciting new pairing at Toro Rosso with Carlos Sainz, Verstappen made his F1 debut at Albert Park in Melbourne, becoming the youngest driver to have ever lined-up on the F1 grid. He was almost two years younger than Jaime Alguesuari had been when he set the previous record. What's more, the record will stand in perpetuity because the minimum age to race in F1 is now 18-years-old.
Verstappen made an excellent debut on the street circuit, qualifying 11th and even running in the points before suffering an engine failure. He didn't have to wait long for another try.
Max Verstappen of Scuderia Toro Rosso and The Netherlands during practice for the Malaysia Formula One Grand Prix at Sepang Circuit on March 27, 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Max Verstappen conquers Sepang

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Youngest driver to score points in F1

  • Age: 17 and 180 days
  • Location: 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix
Two weeks later, Verstappen qualified in sixth place at Sepang, behind Red Bull Racing's Daniil Kvyat (P5) and Daniel Ricciardo (P4), becoming the youngest driver to reach Q3. He went on to finish seventh, but ahead of both Red Bulls and his team-mate. He was now also the youngest driver to finish an F1 Grand Prix. On the podium, Sebastian Vettel celebrated his first win for Ferrari.
Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates with the team in the pit lane after winning his first F1 race at the Spanish Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo, Spain.

Max Verstappen takes his first win in F1

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Youngest F1 race winner

  • Age: 18 and 228 days
  • Location: 2016 Spanish Grand Prix
On May 15, 2016, Max set a handful of records in F1, becoming the youngest driver to lead a race and, about an hour later, the youngest-ever race winner and youngest driver to stand on an F1 podium – not a bad day's work.
It's easy to overlook that Verstappen had swapped teams, replacing the under-pressure Daniil Kvyat and taking the start in a totally unfamiliar car. While both front-running Mercedes cars were out of the race, he still had to take the lead and hold off two charging Ferraris on his way to the finish line. The previous record holder, Sebastian Vettel, was the first to congratulate him on the podium.
Max Verstappen celebrates finishing third with his team during the Formula One Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 13, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Verstappen celebrates with the team after the 2016 Brazilian Grand Prix

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Youngest driver to set a fastest lap

  • Age: 19 and 44 days
  • Location: 2016 Brazilian Grand Prix
This record is more of a footnote in a race performance that was almost career-defining in its brilliance. If the world hadn't recognized Max Verstappen as F1's most exciting new driver by now, it did after his drive from P16 up to third place in just 14 laps during pouring rain at Interlagos in São Paulo.
Max Verstappen races during the FIA Formula One World Championship 2021 in Spielberg, Austria on July 4, 2021.

Max plays to the crowd at the Austrian Grand Prix in 2021

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Youngest driver to score an F1 grand slam

  • Age: 23 and 277 days
  • Location: 2021 Austrian Grand Prix
With his first realistic chance of a F1 world championship title in his sights, Verstappen arrived in Spielberg, Austria, for a double-header at the Red Bull Ring. Having won the Styrian Grand Prix the previous weekend, he produced his most dominant performance to date and set a Grand Slam – or Grand Chelem – by taking pole, fastest lap and victory while leading every lap of the race.

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Max Makes It A Double!

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Most podium finishes in an F1 season

  • Location: 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
  • New record: 18 podiums
  • Previous record: 17 (Michael Schumacher 2002 and Sebastian Vettel 2013)
As Verstappen claimed his first world championship in the high drama of Abu Dhabi, perhaps one other feat went a little unnoticed amid the fireworks. He set a new record for podiums in a single F1 season. It was a measure of his superb consistency, which was key to his overcoming Lewis Hamilton. Verstappen came out on top thanks to 10 wins and eight second places, no third places.
Max Verstappen celebrates winning the 2022 Formula 1 World Champion title at the Japanese Grand Prix on October 9, 2022.

Max Verstappen: Records set by the 2022 Formula 1 World Champion

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Most World Championship points in a season

  • Location: 2022 Mexico City Grand Prix
  • New record: 454 points
  • Previous record: 413 points (Lewis Hamilton, 2019)
After winning his first world title, the floodgates were open. In 2022, Verstappen strung together victory after victory to wrap up his second F1 title in Japan – four races before the end of the season. By then, he'd already broken Lewis Hamilton's record for most points in an F1 season with a comfortable win at the Hermanos Rodriguez Circuit in Mexico City – more of that later. He's already made a better start to this season, so expect Max to move the needle on this record soon.
Max Verstappen and his father Jos Verstappen celebrate winning the F1 World Constructors Championship after the F1 Grand Prix of USA at Circuit of The Americas on October 23, 2022 in Austin, Texas.

Max and Jos Verstappen

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Most wins in an F1 season

  • Location: 2022 Mexico City Grand Prix
  • New record: 14 wins
  • Previous record: 13 (Michael Schumacher 2004 and Sebastian Vettel 2013)
That same weekend, Max Verstappen set another record , claiming the most wins in a single F1 campaign, moving one clear of Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel. While it won't be on his mind in 2023, this one is also in the champion's cross hairs.
Red Bull Racing team celebrate Race winner Max Verstappen winning nine races in a row, tying the record of Sebastian Vettel set in 2013 after the F1 Grand Prix of The Netherlands on August 27, 2023.

The team celebrate Max's ninth win

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Most consecutive race wins

  • Location: 2023 Italian Grand Prix
  • Previous record holder: 9 (Sebastian Vettel 2013)
Having matched the record of nine wins in the pouring rain at his home Grand Prix in Zandvoort, Verstappen went one better with victory at Monza, Italy. It was his 10th race win in a row and brought him to the brink of a third consecutive world title.

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