The Reading / Listening - Level 2

In most countries you have to be 18 years old to be able to drive a car. Not for 16-year-old Max Verstappen. He has just signed to drive for a Formula 1 racing team. He will be the youngest ever F1 driver when he races for the Toro Rosso team. He will be 17 when he takes part in his first Grand Prix, against drivers like Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel. The current record for the youngest F1 driver is 19 years. Verstappen's debut will be at the Australian Grand Prix. He said: "Ever since I was seven years old, Formula 1 has been my career goal, so this…is truly a dream come true."



The racing team boss Franz Tost was very excited about Max joining his team. He said: "We are happy to welcome Max….We consider [him] to be one of the most skilled young drivers of the new generation and we believe he has the necessary…mental strength to take on this challenge successfully." He said the team must give Max a competitive car, so he will have, "the best possible start to his Formula 1 career". Max's father was an F1 driver. He thanked his father and said he owed a lot of his success to him for always being there, "day and night, year after year".

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Sources
  • http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/115435
  • http://www.sportinglife.com/formula1/news/article/669/9429101/toro-rosso-sign-teenager
  • http://www1.skysports.com/f1/news/12471/9428944/max-verstappen-will-replace-jean-eric-vergne-at-toro-rosso-in-2015


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

In most countries you have to

a.

I was seven years old

2.

He will be the youngest

b.

youngest F1 driver

3.

He will be 17 when

c.

come true

4.

The current record for the

d.

debut

5.

Verstappen's

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be 18 years old

6.

the Australian

f.

ever F1 driver

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Ever since

g.

he takes part

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a dream

h.

Grand Prix



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

The racing

a.

strength

2.

We are happy to

b.

car

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the most skilled young drivers of

c.

year after year

4.

mental

d.

the new generation

5.

a competitive

e.

success to him

6.

the best possible start

f.

team boss

7.

he owed a lot of his

g.

to his Formula 1 career

8.

day and night,

h.

welcome Max

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

In most countries you have to be 18 years (1) ___________________ to drive a car. Not for 16-year old Max Verstappen. He has (2) ___________________ drive for a Formula 1 racing team. He will be (3) ___________________ F1 driver when he races for the Toro Rosso team. He will be 17 when he takes part in his first Grand Prix, (4) ___________________ Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel. The current record for the youngest F1 driver is 19 years. Verstappen's (5) ___________________ the Australian Grand Prix. He said: "Ever since I was seven years old, Formula 1 has been my career goal, so this…is (6) ___________________ true."

The racing team boss Franz Tost (7) ___________________ about Max joining his team. He said: "We are happy to welcome Max….We consider [him] (8) ___________________ most skilled young drivers of the new generation and we believe (9) ___________________ …mental strength to take on this challenge successfully." He said the team must give Max (10) ___________________, so he will have, "the best possible start to his Formula 1 career". Max's father was an F1 driver. He thanked his father (11) ___________________ a lot of his success to him for always being there, " (12) ___________________ after year".





PUT A SLASH ( / ) WHERE THE SPACES ARE

Inmostcountriesyouhavetobe18yearsoldtobeabletodriveacar.No
tfor16-year-oldMaxVerstappen.HehasjustsignedtodriveforaF
ormula1racingteam.HewillbetheyoungesteverF1driverwhenhera
cesfortheToroRossoteam.Hewillbe17whenhetakespartinhisfirst
GrandPrix,againstdriverslikeFernandoAlonsoandSebastianVette
l.ThecurrentrecordfortheyoungestF1driveris19years.Verstappe
n'sdebutwillbeattheAustralianGrandPrix.Hesaid:"EversinceIwas
sevenyearsold,Formula1hasbeenmycareergoal,sothis…istrulyad
reamcometrue."TheracingteambossFranzTostwasveryexcitedab
outMaxjoininghisteam.Hesaid:"WearehappytowelcomeMax….W
econsider[him]tobeoneofthemostskilledyoungdriversofthenewg
enerationandwebelievehehasthenecessary…mentalstrengthtota
keonthischallengesuccessfully."HesaidtheteammustgiveMaxaco
mpetitivecar,sohewillhave,"thebestpossiblestarttohisFormula1c
areer".Max'sfatherwasanF1driver.Hethankedhisfatherandsaidh
eowedalotofhissuccesstohimforalwaysbeingthere,"dayandnight,
yearafteryear".

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

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WRITING

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Answers

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