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Video Shows Max Verstappen Was Just As Competitive When Playing Video Games As A Kid

Ryan Sidle

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Video Shows Max Verstappen Was Just As Competitive When Playing Video Games As A Kid

Max Verstappen does not like losing and the Formula One World Drivers' champion was exactly the same when he was just a child.


Verstappen may have ended up winning his first F1 title in controversial circumstances last year but it couldn't be argued that he was still a worthy winner on the track.

The Red Bull driver has been the coming man since making his debut in 2015 for Toro Rosso, aged just 17, and has always looked like he was going to be extremely fast.

He got his first win in 2016 and these days he's so used to being on the top spot on the podium that he's not too best pleased when he's not, especially when it's not down to him, as was the case in the first race of this season.

His back and forth battle with Charles Leclerc in Saudi Arabia last weekend earned him his first win of the season and proved that he hasn't lost the competitive edge since winning the world title.

And it's an edge he's had since he was a child, as a video from Dutch television channel Ziggo Sports proves, with Verstappen very annoyed he'd driven his virtual car off the track.


Verstappen became the youngest driver to be involved in an F1 race weekend when he was a test driver at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix, for Toro Rosso, just three days after his 17th birthday.

He then became the youngest F1 racer for the team at the first race of the following season and was then the youngest driver to score points, when finishing seventh at the second race of the 2015 season, in Malaysia.

So good was his progress that he moved from Red Bull's second team up to the main team just a few races into the 2016 season, and won his first race in Spain.

Keeping up with the tradition that he'd been setting through his career, it broke the record of the youngest driver to win a race, beating the record previously held by four time world champion Sebastian Vettel.

Max won his first race with Red Bull. Image: PA Images
Max won his first race with Red Bull. Image: PA Images

With 21 wins and 61 podiums to his name after 143 races, the fact that Verstappen is still just 24-years-old makes him a scary prospect.

He's already broken a hell of a lot of records and it's likely he'll take many more, especially when you consider he's so good right now he can win races driving one handed.

Even if Lewis Hamilton manages to win an eighth world title before retiring, it's not difficult to imagine Verstappen breaking that record himself.

Featured Image Credit: YouTube

Topics: Formula 1, Motorsport, Max Verstappen

Ryan Sidle
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