Only 33 days remain until the 2016 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix takes centre stage at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir.
Set to line up on the grid are 22 of the world’s fastest cars, driven by some of the world’s most talented racers, including prolific young Dutchman Max Verstappen.
Today, we focus on the 18-year-old, who is the driver of the no. 33 car and rising star of Toro Rosso.
Max Verstappen Key Facts
- Nationality: Dutch
- Hometown: Hasselt, Belgium (Place of birth)
- Age: 18
- Current Team: Toro Rosso
- Car no.: 33
- F1 Grand Prix starts: 19
- Best F1 finish to date: fourth (twice)
- F1 career points to date: 49
Max Verstappen on Bahrain International Circuit prior to his first Bahrain Grand Prix in 2015:
“I have been to Bahrain and I’ve actually raced on the go-kart track next to the Formula 1 circuit. But my only ‘real’ experience of where we will be racing this weekend consists of one lap on a bicycle! The race is run partly at night which I’m sure will be an interesting experience for me, but in fact it’s not exactly something new as I have raced go-karts at night before. What I like about night races is that the track gets cooler, which means it’s faster, and this is always good!”
- Race result: Retired
- Qualifying position: 15th 1:35.103 in Q2
Max Verstappen made a very early pit stop for a set of Medium tyres on lap six, which dropped him down the order. A second stop followed on lap 30, but five laps later, it was all over for the Dutchman when his car slowed with a suspected electrical problem and retirement in the garage soon followed.
Verstappen said post-race:
“It hasn’t been a positive day. It was a tough race. We still don’t know the exact reason for the retirement, but it looks like an electrical issue made us end our race before time. Obviously this is not the way we would like to finish our weekend but we have to stay positive. I’m disappointed, but we will carry on working as hard as always in order to come back stronger in Barcelona and fight for points again. That’s where we belong!”