Formula 1 is, without a doubt, one of the most entertaining sports on earth. As we’ve seen in recent seasons, from the offensive, spectacular overtaking runs from Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, to the competitive, witty, and hilarious ways that Seb and Lewis respond to one another in the media, Formula 1 is fun.
But at its core, a driver or team is only as good as the individual that will serve the team best in the coming races. That’s the part of Formula 1 that Max Verstappen, the 20-year-old Dutch phenom, brings to the table.
“I enjoy sitting up on the cockpit, telling my colleagues the penalty, or I know I will have one soon and if the team tells me about the next one,” Max Verstappen told the New York Times.
And when Max Verstappen isn’t being a sharp and witty commentator on the track or a grand prix champ, he’s putting in the efforts off the track to elevate the profile of his sport.
In July, Max Verstappen founded No65, a non-profit that aims to raise the visibility of the importance of getting more young men into engineering by involving them in all aspects of Formula 1 — from sport to marketing, business to development — to raise the profile of the subject.
At the time, the No65 Foundation issued a statement that said, “If this kind of formula could work in Formula 1, who knows how many other subjects and spaces it could impact in a positive manner.”
Max Verstappen may only be a sophomore in high school, but he’s already been dreaming big — already!
“I want to break through at this end and win a championship at 20,” Max Verstappen said, according to the Times. “Right now, I am only focusing on the next two or three races. In the future, if that is my career, I will be only doing this. I love racing, so I am very happy about this.”