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BORN TO RACE – MAX VERSTAPPEN

Racing on instinct He´s not the world champion though everyone has been talking about the current Mexican Grand Prix winner just as much. Why? His driving skills are certainly the ones to blame. Voted as the driver of the day on several venues, this is Max Verstappen.

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BORN TO RACE – MAX VERSTAPPEN
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The "Clockwork Orange" is the "fresh" face of Formula One.

His journey in the series began in 2014 at the early age of seventeen, becoming a test driver for Toro Rosso.

He would begin the next season, as a full-time driver for the team, alongside Spaniard, Carlos Sainz Jr.

In 2016, he continued to be a Toro Rosso driver but only for the first four races of the season, when team owner Helmut Marko took everybody by surprise, promoting Verstappen to the main team, Red Bull. A swamp, former Red Bull and Toro Rosso driver, Daniil Kvyat had to suddenly "adapt" to.

At the time, Red Bull Team Principal, Christian Horner stated: "Max has proven to be an outstanding young talent. His performance at Toro Rosso has been impressive so far and we are pleased to give him the opportunity to drive for Red Bull Racing."

In return, the Dutch went on to debut behind the Red Bull wheel, with nothing but a victory at the Spanish Grand Prix, Ole!.

Driving the Red Bull RB12 he only retired twice during that season (Monaco and the US Grand Prix).

Verstappen driving style leaves you with a sweet taste, the kind of taste "naturals" bring along.

Among the first records accounted to his name are:

Youngest driver to take part in a Formula One Grand Prix weekend, youngest to lead a lap, to set the fastest lap, to score points, to secure a podium; the youngest-ever winner of a Grand Prix.

Since 2016, rules are changed to the FIA system, raising the age limit to get a super license to that of 18 years old.

What many have labeled as a "meteoric" career has become a success inside and outside track with "orange" and "non-orange" followers longing to see his next brilliant maneuver.

The 20-year-old has been driving the last couple of years among the best drivers in the world as a veteran. He battles for podiums, arising victorious.

Dressed with a driving style of his own, whether it´s a dry or wet scenario, he delivers and fans rejoice.

He´s calm and steady like a surgeon, though he´s an intern on the learning path to getting a title.

The Red Bull driver has achieved two Grand Prix victories this year (one at Malaysia and the other at Mexico) despite the RB13 has not been up to the expectations.

The Dutch had to retire the car seven times so far, mostly due to engine failures.

Back at the Mexican Grand Prix, last weekend, he finally encountered himself into a dominant position and from Turn 1.

A trophy that will certainly get a sit right beside the FIA awards he received back at the end of 2015 when elected Rookie of the Year, Personality of the Year and Action of the Year.

Starting a race from the Pole position is something that still resists the young driver. He almost got it at the Mexican Grand Prix, but Sebastian Vettel managed to keep his record as the youngest driver to start a race as pole-sitter.

Some of his comments on that weekend:

"I could see a lot of cars blowing up and retiring so I was definitely a bit worried."

"We looked after our engine and everything seemed to work pretty well. I saw on the TV screen that Daniel had retired, and I saw a Toro Rosso on fire. I thought, 'Oh God, don't make this happen to me,' and we turned the engine down. I had a new engine so maybe that helped, but Daniel had a new one too."

"I had my bad luck at the beginning of the year so I am very happy that this time nothing happened to me."

Red Bull has announced Verstappen contract´s extension with the team till 2020.

"I believe in the team and what is also very important is that you have people around you who really support you. They are good friends to you as well, and there is just a really good atmosphere in the team."

The once "rising star" has shown he has what it takes to become a world champion and that he´s ready for the challenge.

 

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