All of Max Verstappen's records
Since entering Formula 1, Max Verstappen has been breaking record after record. This started at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix, when he made his debut in an official Grand Prix weekend. Just three days after his 17th birthday, he replaced Jean-Éric Vergne in the first free practice session. In the years that followed, Verstappen rewrote the history books several times. RacingNews365 listed the Dutch driver's records for you.
Which records does Max Verstappen have?
At 17 years and 166 days, Verstappen was the youngest driver ever to make his debut in Formula 1. This was during the 2015 Australian Grand Prix. Verstappen drove in ninth place for a long time and seemed to be scoring points directly, but an engine problem ruined his plans.
Youngest F1 driver in Q3
Two weeks after his F1 debut, Verstappen traveled to the Sepang International Circuit for the Malaysian Grand Prix. The Dutchman had a strong start to the weekend. In all free practice sessions, Verstappen was in the top ten. Verstappen was also fast in qualifying: he set a time of 1:51.981 in Q3 with his Toro Rosso, which earned him the sixth starting position.
Youngest F1 driver with points
The Sunday in Malaysia also went excellently for Verstappen. The Dutch driver had a strong race in his STR10 and converted his start in the top ten into a points finish. At 17 years and 180 days, he is the youngest F1 driver to ever score points. Verstappen finished seventh at Sepang.
Youngest leader in a F1 Grand Prix
Prior to the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix, it was announced that Verstappen would replace Daniil Kvyat at the Red Bull Racing team. Verstappen was immediately fast in the RB12 and qualified fourth, behind Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, and teammate Daniel Ricciardo. In the opening lap of the race, Rosberg and Hamilton collided, after which both drivers ended up in the gravel trap. After his pit stop in lap 13, Verstappen took the lead in the race.
Max Verstappen youngest F1 winner
After 66 flawless laps on the limit, it finally happened: Max Verstappen crossed the finish line as the winner. At 18 years and 228 days old, Verstappen became the youngest driver ever to win a Formula 1 race.
Youngest driver on a Formula 1 podium
Verstappen's victory in Spain earned him another record. The Red Bull driver became the youngest driver ever to stand on an F1 podium in Barcelona.
Youngest Formula 1 driver with the fastest race lap
At the age of nineteen, Verstappen set a new record. During the rainy Brazilian Grand Prix (2016), he set the fastest race lap, making him the youngest driver ever to achieve this within Formula 1.
Drivers with the most overtakes in a F1-season
In 2016 Max Verstappen overtook a competitor no less than 78 times. With that number he set a record.
First Dutchman with a pole position
While several drivers have represented the Netherlands in Formula 1 over the years, until July 2019, no Dutch driver had ever started an F1 Grand Prix from the first starting position. Max Verstappen changed this. In 2019, he clocked the fastest qualifying time in his RB15. This made him the first Dutch driver ever to put his car on pole position.
Youngest driver with a grand slam
During the Austrian Grand Prix weekend in 2021, Verstappen claimed pole position, led every lap, won the race, and also set the fastest lap. He did all of this at the age of 23 years and 277 days. This gave Verstappen the record of being the youngest driver ever to achieve a grand slam.
Most podiums in an F1 season
Out of the 22 races Verstappen competed in during the 2022 F1 season, he finished on the podium 18 times. The four races in which he missed out on a podium finish had nothing to do with a lack of speed. In Azerbaijan, Verstappen suffered a puncture and crashed into the wall. In both the British and Italian Grand Prix, he had a collision with Lewis Hamilton, which forced him to retire. During the first lap of the Hungarian Grand Prix, Valtteri Bottas braked too late and caused a chain reaction between him, Lando Norris, and Verstappen. However, Verstappen was able to continue his race in Hungary, but an early pit stop and a damaged RB16B resulted in him finishing in ninth place.
Most wins in an F1 season
In 2022, Verstappen was extremely dominant. The Red Bull driver won 15 out of the 22 races, breaking the record that Sebastian Vettel shared with Michael Schumacher. Both drivers won 13 races in a single Formula 1 season. Schumacher achieved this feat in 2004, and Vettel followed suit in 2013.
Highest number of points in an F1 season
Verstappen's excellent 2022 season also gave him the record for the most points in a championship. Verstappen scored 454 points, breaking the old record set by Lewis Hamilton (413 points in 2019).
Most consecutive wins
After the Italian Grand Prix, Max Verstappen broke the record for most consecutive wins. Indeed, the two-time world champion has won 10 Grands Prix in a row, beating Sebastian Vettel who held the record with nine wins in a row.
First Dutch F1 world champion
After a long title fight with Lewis Hamilton, Verstappen was crowned the Formula 1 world champion in December 2021 during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Verstappen is currently the only Dutch Formula 1 world champion. He also won the world championship again during the Japanese Grand Prix in 2022.
Most expensive super licence ever
Max Verstappen also breaks a record not related to racing itself, but in 2023 he had to pay an unprecedented amount for his super licence. This is the highest amount ever and came to €963,800. How this came about and is calculated can be found in this article.