Max Verstappen: Dutch teenager makes F1 history

    Story highlights

    • Max Verstappen becomes youngest driver to participate in F1
    • The 17-year-old drove for Toro Rosso in practice ahead of the Japanese GP
    • The legal driving age in his native Netherlands is 18
    • Verstappen is the son of former F1 driver Jos Verstappen
    Seventeen-year-olds in the Netherlands can't hold a driving license, let alone hurtle around a track at 200 miles per hour.
    But that hasn't stopped Dutch teenager Max Verstappen climbing behind the wheel of a Formula One car to make history Friday during practice for this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix and become the youngest driver to participate in the sport.
    Not bad considering the legal driving age in his native Netherlands is 18.
    At that age, most are preoccupied by schoolwork and teenage angst. But there's no stopping Verstappen.
    Next season, Verstappen will be a full-time racer for Toro Rosso, which has historically been a stepping stone towards a drive with the hugely successful Red Bull Racing team.
    "Today for me it was all about getting experience in the car, especially on a difficult track like Suzuka," Verstappen told the sport's official website. "I was impressed with the engine power."