Max Verstappen, son of former Formula One racer Jos, is set to drive for Toro Rosso in Formula One from 2015 onwards in place of the ousted Jean Eric Vergne.
Vergne’s dismissal from the squad comes after the Frenchman – with the team since 2012 – missed out on promotion to ‘A-Team’ Red Bull last year to former team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, who has since eclipsed world champion Sebastian Vettel.
Verstappen will be the youngest ever driver to start an F1 race at the age of just 17, breaking the previous record of 19 set by Jaime Alguersuari when he debuted for Toro Rosso at Hungary in August 2009. Currently racing in F3, the Dutchman has eight victories to his credit and currently sits second in the title standings.
Jos Verstappen drove in Formula One from 1994 to 2003 in a stop-start career that saw him compete for Benetton, Simtek, Arrows, Tyrell, Stewart GP and Minardi before he retired. He is most famous for the dramatic pitlane fire that engulfed his Benetton B194 at the 1994 German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.