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GP Week : Issue 217
smells like teen spirit At just 17 years and 180 days, Max Verstappen is not only the youngest ever Formula One driver but the youngest to ever score points. His seventh place in Malaysia broke the record held by Daniil Kvyat by more than two years and, as things stand with regulations preventing anyone under the age of 18 gaining a superlicense, it's a record that looks set to stand. Verstappen impressed on Saturday afternoon when he snared sixth place on the grid, beating many far more experiecned drivers in the process. While it's clear there he has an abundance of natural talent the teenager confessed he'd studied footage from last year and picked up tips about where the wet line might be. He's fast, he's level headed and works at his racing when he's not in the car. He also has the aggressive temprament needed along with the ability to think ahead and weight the risk versus the rewarded in any given situation. In Malaysia he raced hard, he forced Daniel Ricciardo to concede position around turn two, but he raced fair. After just two races Verstappen has demonstrated he has the raw ingredients to be successful in Formula One. Ricciardo and Kvyat had better watch their mirrors. RIGHT: Max Verstappen goes wheel to wheel with Daniel Ricciardo during sunday's race... 18 GPWEEK.com // 18 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> MALAYSIA PARTNERS: