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GP Week : Issue 219
F1 >>> nEWs Bookcoversnotcontractual GPWeek_A5.qxp_Mise en page 1 16/12/2014 12:28 Page1 Max Verstappen is Dutch. Or Belgian. Or maybe both. It's hard to really be certain since the son of former racers Jos Verstappen, who is Dutch, and sophie Kumpen, a Belgian, has claims to be either nationality. Born in Hasselt, Belgium, Verstappen still lives in Maaseik, a town on the Belgian side of the border with the Netherlands. But despite that if you ask Max he'll tell you categorically he's Dutch. "I have lived in Belgium my entire life, but I consider myself more Dutch," the youngster said last year. "All through karting I spent more time with my father than with my mother. I’m always surrounded by Dutchmen." Supporting Verstappen's claim is the fact he holds a Dutch racing license, meaning while his mother may say differently in the eyes of the FIA at least he's Dutch. Once Verstappen turns 18 (which isn't until September) he will legally be able to become Dutch but until then he's technically Belgian, making him the first to score a world championship point since Thierry Boutsen finished fifth at the 1992 Australian Grand Prix in Adeliade. double dutch F1 >>> nEWs 8 GPWEEK.com // 8 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: