Model produced by: Spark
Driver: Max Verstappen (Netherlands)
Team: Toro Rosso Renault
Car: Toro Rosso STR10
In 2014 Red Bull shocked the F1 world with announcing than 17 years old Max Verstappen will drive for their junior team Toro Rosso in 2015. Many doubted this decision, claiming he is far too young an inexperienced. Others argued that if he can be competitive, F1 has become to easy. In January 2015, even before the season stared, the FIA launched a new super licence system for Formula One, raising the age limit to 18 from the 2016 season onwards.
Verstappen became the youngest driver to start a World Championship race by joining the sport a year before this licence restriction, in his Grand Prix début as a full-time driver at the 2015 Australian Grand Prix at the age of 17 years, 166 days – breaking Jaime Alguersuari’s existing record by almost two years. In this first race, Verstappen won points-scoring positions until he was forced to retire due to an engine failure. However, at the subsequent race in Malaysia, Verstappen qualified sixth and finished the race in seventh place, scoring his first Formula One points aged 17 years, 180 days, breaking the record of youngest driver to score World Championship points. Since every F1 driver will have to be 18 years old from now on, this record will stay unbroken.
Despite some inevitable rookie mistake Verstappen immediately showed a lot confidence and controlled aggression behind the wheel and he started to prove he is a world champion material with some breathtaking overtaking. He scored 10 points scoring finishes despite unreliable Renault engine, with best finishing position 4th in Hungary GP and heavy rain influenced United States GP. He finished his rookie season in 12th place.