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Episode from the podcastBeyond the Ordinary

Becoming Max Verstappen

Released Tuesday, 31st August 2021
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From the moment he became the youngest driver ever to win in Formula One in 2016 at the age of 18, Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen has been the sport's brightest light. Now, in the 2021 F1 season, the champs have a genuine challenger snapping at their heels.

But who is Max Verstappen and how did he get to this moment? Find the answers here, courtesy of drivers, team-mates, journalists, fans and those closest to him – such as drivers Pierre Gasly, Alex Albon, Liam Lawson and F1 legend David Coultard, F1 commentator Jess McFadyen, BMX champ Twan van Gendt, and Max’s father, ex-F1 driver Jos Verstappen – as well as Max himself.

Learn about the Dutch driver's rise from karting prodigy to competing in his first F1 practice session in 2014 for Scuderia Toro Rosso – just a week after his 17th birthday – followed by podium finishes in the world championships in 2019 and 2020. Already, 2021 has been his most successful season to date and Max is primed for the grandest prize of all.

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