Teenager Max Vestappen will become the youngest Formula One driver in history next season after Toro Rosso announced the 16 year old will replace Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne.
He is the son of the former F1 driver Jos and turns 17 at the end of September, has been racing this season in the European F3 Championship, having graduated from karts last year. He has made an impressive transition to F3, winning six races in a row at one stage, and has eight victories so far this season. He is second to Frenchman Esteban Ocon in the overall standings.
Verstappen joined Red Bull’s junior programme at the start of August but was confirmed as Vergne’s replacement for next season on Monday evening.
By joining Red Bull’s junior team, Verstappen is following the same career path as four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.
Spaniard Jaime Alguersuari is currently the youngest driver to have started a grand prix. He was 19 yers and 125 days old when he raced in Hungary for Toro Rosso in 2009.