Max Verstappen will make history next season as the youngest Formula One driver ever. Scuderia Toro Rosso will add the 16-year-old to its lineup in 2015, the racing team announced Monday.
The previous youngest F1 driver was Jaime Alguersuari, who raced in the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix at 19 years, 125 days old.
Verstappen's father Jos is a former F1 racer.
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Verstappen released a statement through Scuderia Toro Rosso:
"Ever since I was seven years old, Formula 1 has been my career goal, so this opportunity is truly a dream come true...
We've all worked tremendously hard to reach Formula 1 and I will give my absolute best to be successful in the pinnacle of motorsport. With the return of the Verstappen name to Formula 1, I hope we can relive old memories and I'm hoping to see many fans at all the Grand Prix circuits."
This year, Verstappen has been racing in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship. His 17th birthday is September 30.
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- Alex Hampl