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In most countries around world, 16-year-olds have to wait for another two years to be able to drive car. Not so for 16-year old Max Verstappen. He has just been signed up to drive for Formula 1 racing team. He will become youngest ever F1 driver when he races for Toro Rosso team next year. He will be 17 when he takes part in his first Grand Prix, alongside drivers like Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. current record for youngest F1 driver is 19 years and 125 days. Verstappen will make his debut at Australian Grand Prix. He told reporters: "Ever since I was seven years old, Formula 1 has been my career goal, so this opportunity is truly dream come true."

Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost was very enthusiastic about Max signing for his team. He said: "We are happy to welcome Max into Toro Rosso family….We consider Max to be one of most skilled young drivers of new generation and we believe he has necessary maturity and mental strength to take on this challenge successfully." He added: "It will now be up to us to provide Max with competitive car, which will enable him to have best possible start to his Formula 1 career." Max is son of the former-F1 driver Jos Verstappen. He said he owed lot of his success to his father, saying: "First of all big thanks to my father, who has always been by my side, day and night, year after year."

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