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24 Hours of Le Mans - Previous class winner Jos Verstappen's son in F1 in 2015

Max Verstappen will turn 17 on September 30th and could very well become the youngest driver ever in F1, following in the footsteps of Matt McMurry, Chris McMurry's son, who in June became the youngest driver to take the start of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and cross the finish line. Verstappen, the son of Jos, victorious in the LM P2 class in 2008 in a Porsche RS Spyder, will debut in F1 in 2015 with Toro Rosso.

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24 Heures du Mans - Le fils de Jos Verstappen, un ancien vainqueur de catégorie, en F1 en 2015

 

Photo : Jean-Philippe BOYER - ACO

 

Everything has moved quite fast for this prodigy: wins and titles in karting, and also early success in his first single-seaters season. Max Verstappen is currently competing in the European F3 championship and has already racked up eight victories (a record six in a row) since the beginning of the season - the last win was clinched at the Nürburgring circuit last weekend. Last week, Red Bull announced the arrival of the young Dutch rising star among the ranks of its junior team, and today it was revealed he would race the entire season with Toro Rosso as the replacement for the French driver Jean-Eric Vergne in 2015.

Verstappen has been immersed in motorsports from a very young age. His father, Jos, competed in 107 F1 grand prix and participed twice at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, winning the LM P2 class with the Porsche RS Spyder of the Van Merksteijn outfit for his first entry in 2008. At the same time he won the title in the Le Mans Series, and finished 13th in 2009 with a Lola-Aston Martin. His mother, Sophie Kumpen, raced in karting, his maternal grandfather, Paul Kumpen, entered in GT, and his uncle, Anthony Kumpen, also participated at the 24 Hours of Le Mans four times between 2001 and 2004.

Verstappen has a lot in common with both Kevin Magnussen - who arrived in F1 this year with McLaren while his father, Jan, is an official Corvette driver in endurance (second place in the LM GTE Pro class this year at Le Mans) - and with Matt McMurry whose father, Chris, took the start of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2003 and 2008 and who beat the advance record this year in La Sarthe.

If Max Verstappen follows the same path as his father, he could one day participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans...

Cécile Bonardel / ACO - Translation by Nikki Ehrhardt / ACO

PHOTO: LE MANS (SARTHE, FRANCE), CIRCUIT DES 24 HEURES, 24 HOURS OF LE MANS, WEDNESDAY JUNE 11 2008, QUALIFYING. Max Verstappen, son of Jos Verstappen, will be in F1 next year.

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