Max Verstappen Height, Age, Girlfriend, Wife, Family, Biography

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Height: 5’ 11.26”
Girlfriend: Kelly Piquet
Age: 26 Years

Max Verstappen

Full nameMax Emilian Verstappen [1]Max Verstappen - Official website
NicknameMad Max

Note: Although, in 2020, Verstappen made it clear that he doesn’t appreciate this nickname, he is often called 'Mad Max' for his “potentially dangerous” defensive moves and other adventurous moments. [2]Planet F1
ProfessionRacing Driver
Physical Stats & More
[3]Max Verstappen - Official website Height5’ 11.26” (181 cm)
[4]Max Verstappen - Official website Weight72 Kg (159 lbs)
Body Measurements (approx.)- Chest: _ 48 Inches
- Waist: _ 32 Inches
- Biceps: _ 12 Inches
Eye ColourTurquoise
Hair ColourDark Brown
Career (Formula One)
Debut Age17 Years, 166 Days [5]Max Verstappen - Official website
TeamRed Bull Racing
Fastest Laps26
First Entry2015 Australian Grand Prix
First Win2016 Spanish Grand Prix
RecordsMax Verstappen is the youngest driver to:

Score points: 17 years and 180 days, 2015 Malaysian GP
Win a race: 18 years and 228 days, 2016 Spanish GP
Finish on the podium: 18 years and 228 days, 2016 Spanish GP
Lead a lap: 18 years and 228 days, 2016 Spanish GP
Set a fastest lap: 19 years and 44 days, 2016 Brazilian GP
Get a Grand Slam: 23 years and 277 days, 2021 Austrian GP
Awards• FIA Action of the Year (2014–2016)
• Autosport Rookie of the Year (2015)
• FIA Rookie of the Year (2015)
• FIA Personality of the Year (2015–2017)
• Lorenzo Bandini Trophy (2016)
• Dutch Sportsman of the Year (2016, 2021)
• Laureus Sportsman of the Year (2022)
• Best Driver ESPY Award (2023)
Personal Life
Date of Birth30 September 1997 (Tuesday)
Age (as of 2023)26 Years
BirthplaceHasselt, Belgium
Zodiac signLibra
SignatureMax Verstappen's signature
HometownHasselt, Belgium
SchoolSt Ursula School in Maaseik, Belgium [6]Daily Mail
College/UniversityDid not attend
Educational QualificationHe left school six weeks before his 17th birthday to pursue car racing. [7]Time News
ReligionChristianity [8]Essentially Sports
Food HabitNon-vegetarian
Max Verstappen looking at a crab dish
Address (fan mail)Max Verstappen
Red Bull Racing
Bradbourne Drive
Milton Keynes
HobbiesSim racing, Jet skis, quad bikes and motorbikes, playing video games (PlayStation)
ControversiesCollision between Max Verstappen and Esteban Ocon during the 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix
During the 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix, Max Verstappen and Esteban Ocon were involved in a collision while Verstappen was lapping the French driver. After the race, Verstappen expressed his frustration to Ocon, leading to a physical altercation between the two drivers at the weighing scales. The incident occurred due to their contrasting positions in the race, with Verstappen leading while Ocon was a backmarker on a different strategy. As Verstappen lapped Ocon into Turn 1, the collision took place at Turn 2 as Ocon was still beside him. One perspective is that Ocon, being a backmarker about to be lapped, should have been more cautious around the race leader and given Verstappen more room, as it wouldn't have affected Ocon's position in the race. However, considering Ocon had fresher, softer tires, he likely had the pace at that point to defend his position. Following the incident, Ocon received a severe 10-second stop and go penalty, while Verstappen faced disciplinary action from the FIA. Verstappen was given two days of "public service," with one day involving observing the stewards during a Formula E race and the other consisting of interactive case study sessions with FIA race officials. [9]Formula 1

Controversial World Title in 2021 in Abu Dhabi
Verstappen secured the F1 world championship in a highly controversial manner, narrowly defeating Lewis Hamilton in the final race held in Abu Dhabi. Verstappen won his first-ever F1 championship, which was made possible by a late alteration to the safety car procedures. The choice to modify the regulations faced widespread criticism, ultimately resulting in the removal of race director Michael Masi from his position. [10]Yahoo Sport

F1 title amid chaos and controversy at Japanese GP
In October 2022, he won his second F1 title at the Japanese Grand Prix but only after a long day of incident and anger. The chaos took place after the FIA, on the final lap, gave a five-second penalty to Charles Leclerc (a Monégasque racing driver), dropping him to third. Following the win, Verstappen admitted he had no idea. [11]The Guardian
Relationships & More
Marital StatusUnmarried
Affairs/Girlfriends [12]The Sun• Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky (Swedish racing driver) (2015-2016)
Max Verstappen and Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky
• Joyce Godefridi (Belgian model) (2016)
Max Verstappen and Joyce Godefridi
• Dilara Sanlik (a German student, hailing from Munich, but said to be studying in London) (2017-2020)
Max Verstappen and Dilara Sanlik
Kelly Piquet (Brazilian model) (2020-present) - Kelly is the daughter of three-time world champion Nelson Piquet.
Max Verstappen and Kelly Piquet
Piquet often shares photos of her daughter, Penelope, who was born in July 2019 with F1 driver Daniil Kvyat, whom she was dating at the time. [13]People
Max Verstappen with Kelly Piquet and her daughter, Penelope

Note: During his early career, Max, reportedly, dated many women including Instagram model Roos Van Der Aa, Dutch hockey player Maxime Pourquie, and racing driver Sabre Cook.
ParentsFather- Jos Verstappen (former racing driver)
Max Verstappen with his father, Jos
Mother- Sophie Kumpen (interior designer and former racing driver)
Max Verstappen with his mother, Sophie Kumpen

Note: His parents separated while Max was still in primary school; Max stayed with his father so they could focus on go-karting, and his sister Victoria went to live with his mother. [14]The i
SiblingsBrother- 2 (half brothers from his father)
• Blue Jaye
• Jason Jaxx
Sister- 2
• Victoria Jane (beauty and fashion Instagram celebrity)
Max Verstappen and his sister, Victoria Jane
• Mila Faye (half sister from his father)
Racing trackCircuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium
SportspersonJohan Cruyff, a Dutch professional football player and manager
Sports (other than Formula One)Football and Moto GP [15]Red Bull Racing
Football Club(s)FC Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven
CountryHolland [16]Red Bull Racing
FoodSchnitzel, Carpaccio, and tomato soup [17]Red Bull Racing
Style Quotient
Car Collection [18]Crash• A yellow Renault Clio - a gift from mum and dad!
• A Renault R. S. 01 worth $400,000 - his first purchase
• A Porsche 911 GT3 RS ($400,000) - bought after winning his first F1 race
• Verstappen owns four Aston Martins.
• A DB11 - the road-approved version of James Bond’s car in the film Spectre. It is worth $200,000 and is fit with orange stitching, a nod to his home country.
• He owns a 2018 Vantage ($150,000), and a DBS Superleggera ($360,000).
• He owns the Aston Martin-Red Bull collaboration - the Valkyrie hypercar - worth $2.7m.
Max Verstappen and his Aston Martin
• He owns a Ferrari 488 Pista ($331,000), a Ferrari Monza SP2 ($1.8m), and a Mercedes-Benz C63 S AMG ($78,000).
Jet Collection [19]CrashHe owns a private jet that he bought in 2020 from Richard Branson. The Dassault Falcon 900EX aircraft from Virgin Galactic is worth approximately $15m, but costs around $1m per year in upkeep.
Max Verstappen sitting inside his private jet
Money Factor
Salary (approx.)According to Forbes, Verstappen is F1’s highest-paid driver for 2022 with a pretax total of $60 million from his salary and bonuses. [20]Forbes
Assets/PropertiesHe rents a US$16 million flat in Monaco on the eighth floor, overlooking the Mediterranean. [21]Style

Max Verstappen with his Red Bull machine

Some Lesser Known Facts About Max Verstappen

  • Who is Max Verstappen?

    Max Verstappen is a Dutch and Belgian racing sensation, regarded as one of the most fearless and skillful Formula 1 drivers of his generation. Racing under the Dutch flag for Red Bull Racing, he won back-to-back Formula One World Championships in 2021 and 2022.

  • A Dutch or a Belgian?

    Even after having a Belgian mother, being born and residing in Bree, Belgium, Verstappen opted for a Dutch racing license as he identifies more with his Dutch heritage. He decided so after spending significant time with his father during karting practices while growing up in Maaseik, a Belgian town near the Dutch border, where he was regularly surrounded by Dutch people. In 2015, while talking about this, Verstappen said,

    I actually only lived in Belgium to sleep, but during the day I went to the Netherlands and had my friends there too. I was raised as a Dutch person and that’s how I feel.”

    Max Verstappen (right) in the primary school in Maaseik

    Max Verstappen (right) in the primary school in Maaseik

    In 2022, Verstappen, however, expressed that he values both aspects of his heritage and considers himself “equally connected” to both Dutch and Belgian roots.

  • Raised in a family with a racing background

    Max was raised in a family deeply passionate about racing. His father, Jos Verstappen, was a Formula 1 driver, and this familial influence played a significant role in shaping Max’s destiny. His mother, Sophie Kumpen, is also a popular Karting champion who is not only a two-time Belgian karting champion but has also driven against renowned F1 personalities like Jan Magnussen, Jarno Trulli, Giancarlo Fisichella, Dario Franchitti, and even Christian Horner. At just four years old, he took his first steps into the racing world by starting karting, a sport that laid the foundation of his racing career.

    Young Max posing in his kart together with his grandfather, Frans Verstappen, father, Jos Verstappen, and Jos's half-brother (and Max's uncle) Danillo Verstappen

    Young Max posing in his kart together with his grandfather, Frans Verstappen, father, Jos Verstappen, and Jos’s half-brother (and Max’s uncle) Danillo Verstappen

  • Father-cum-mentor

    Under the guidance of his father and with the support of his family, Max practiced several hours to sharpen his skills on the karting circuits. Under his father’s mentorship, Max had access to valuable contacts, resources, and insider knowledge of the racing industry, which played a crucial role in his career. Jos was reportedly strict with Max, sometimes very strict. [22]Time News Max once talked about his father’s strictness and said,

    I never had any surprises in F1 because no one was as hard on me as my Dad.”

    Young Max posing in his kart while his father, Jos Verstappen, guiding him from the back

    Young Max posing in his kart while his father, Jos Verstappen, guiding him from the back

  • First Race and Karting Days

    At the age of four and a half, Max Verstappen began his karting journey. [23]Red Bull Racing By the time he was 6, he participated in his first race in 2003, frequently competing at the prestigious Genk circuit in Belgium, famous for hosting significant international events. In 2005, at just 8 years old, Max entered his first karting championship and achieved an extraordinary feat by securing victories in all 21 races of the Belgium Championship Mini (VAS) that season. In 2010, he entered international karting when CRG signed him to race in their factory team at the World and European championships. Max won 23 karting championships between 2005 and 2013.

    On 22 September 2013, 2013 Max Verstappen won the Karting World Championship - only three years after competing internationally in karts for the first time in 2010

    On 22 September 2013, 2013 Max Verstappen won the Karting World Championship – only three years after competing internationally in karts for the first time in 2010

    His karting championship wins include 5 x Rotax Max, 2 x Belgian Championship, WSK KF3 Nations Cup, World Series and Euro Series in 2010, CIK-FIA World and European KZ Championship in 2013, and CIK-FIA European Championship KF in 2013. With his excellent performance, he earned a spot in the prestigious Red Bull Junior Team in late 2014, paving the way for his Formula 1 debut.

  • Formula 4

    Max Verstappen opted not to compete in Formula 4 and instead pursued his racing career in Formula Renault, which holds a similar status to F4. Following his karting days, Max participated in the 2014 Florida Winter Series, where he won against more experienced drivers in the category.

  • Formula 3

    He began racing single-seaters in 2014 in Formula Three. [24]Red Bull Racing Competing for Van Amersfoort Racing in the European Formula 3 Championship, Max Verstappen made history at the young age of 16. He had six consecutive wins and a total of 10 victories in the season, a record-breaking performance. Despite facing eight retirements and one DNS (Did Not Start), Max had a notable third-place finish overall. Max Verstappen's Junior Racing Record

  • Formula 2

    Due to his association with the Red Bull Junior Program and his outstanding performance in Formula 3, he was given the opportunity to join Toro Rosso (now AlphaTauri) in Formula 1 for the 2015 season; he skipped Formula 2. Back then, there were no Super License points requirements, allowing Max to bypass Formula 2 and make a direct leap to F1. Despite facing reliability issues during that season, Max had ten race victories. Red Bull’s Helmut Marko, while talking about Max Verstappen in 2014, said,

    The moment I thought [he was] something really special was at the Norisring. In mixed conditions – it was more wet than dry – he was per lap two seconds and more faster than anyone else.”

    Max Verstappen with his Red Bull mentor Helmut Marko

    Max Verstappen with his Red Bull mentor Helmut Marko

  • Formula 1

    At the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix, Max Verstappen made history by driving a Formula 1 car in an official session, becoming the youngest driver ever, at just 17 years and three days old, to take part in a Formula 1 race weekend. In the next year, he officially debuted in Formula 1 at the Australian Grand Prix. Max Verstappen entered Formula 1 at the age of 17 for the Red Bull Junior Team, and he did so due to the absence of a Super License points system, which once limited young drivers from joining the sport. However, according to current regulations, drivers must be at least 18 years old to participate in Formula 1.

  • Entered F1 without a driving license

    When Max Verstappen entered Formula One, he didn’t have a valid driving license as upon his entry into Formula 1 in 2015, Max Verstappen was a mere 17 years old, making him ineligible to complete his driver’s test and get a road car license. [25]The Guardian

  • Groomed by Red Bull mentors

    When Red Bull signed Verstappen, Helmut Marko took on the responsibility of monitoring his development and offering guidance. Christian Horner, who had ample experience with young drivers, also played a significant role in providing advice and support.

    Max Verstappen with his Red Bull mentor Christian Horner

    Max Verstappen with his Red Bull mentor Christian Horner

  • First F1 Team – First win

    Max Verstappen initially joined Toro Rosso (now AlphaTauri), which is recognized as the Red Bull junior team in Formula 1.

    Max Verstappen's first F1 team was Toro Rosso

    Max Verstappen’s first F1 team was Toro Rosso

    After spending slightly more than a single season with Toro Rosso, he was promoted to Red Bull Racing during the 2016 season. Verstappen joined Red Bull Racing in the 5th round of the 2016 season of the Spanish Grand Prix and made history by winning his first-ever Formula 1 championship. While talking about his first win, Max says,

    It was a very special, a simply lovely day. I was out there to enjoy myself because it was my first race with Red Bull, so there wasn’t much pressure from the Team. They just said: “Try and score some points,” and we did, we scored 25 points. Hahaha, that’s always good, I guess and it was amazing to see the reaction from everyone in the Team as nobody, including me expected it.” [26]Red Bull Racing

  • Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc – Rivals since the beginning

    Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc both debuted in karting at approximately the same time. On a few occasions, the two drivers faced each other during races including a particular incident where they forced each other off the track.

  • Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz: Teammates

    Throughout his entire tenure with Toro Rosso, Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz were teammates, from the beginning of the 2015 season until the Spanish GP in 2016. However, Verstappen was promoted to Red Bull in May 2016, ending his partnership with Sainz. In the 2015 standings, Verstappen defeated Sainz, getting 49 points compared to Sainz’s 18 points. After moving to Red Bull during the 2016 season, Verstappen finished just 52 points behind his new teammate, Daniel Ricciardo. Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz

  • Verstappen is not a “Pay Driver!”

    Although Verstappen got sponsorships for the team, he entered Formula 1 by being a part of the Red Bull Junior Academy. Red Bull’s current approach does not involve accepting pay drivers, and they select their drivers solely based on their performance and abilities. [27]Planet F1

  • Fastest Formula One driver

    From karting to Formula 3, Verstappen has consistently shown impressive speed, winning numerous competitions and establishing himself as one of the fastest drivers globally.

  • Max Verstappen and Grand Slam

    Max Verstappen achieved three Grand Slams during his career, the first one in Austria in 2021, the second one at the 2022 Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, and in June 2023, he won his third grand slam win (from pole, leading every lap and taking fastest lap) in Spain. [28]Formula 1

  • Verstappen has never been lapped

    Throughout Max Verstappen’s racing career, he has never been lapped in any race that he has finished; lapped cars in F1 are at least one full lap behind the leader of the race.

  • Beaten by a teammate

    Max Verstappen has been defeated by a teammate twice during a complete season, with both instances involving Daniel Ricciardo. In 2016, Verstappen fell behind by 52 points, and in 2017, he trailed by 32 points. Since those seasons, Verstappen has not been defeated by any teammate. When the first time Ricciardo defeated him, Verstappen participated in the first 4 races of the season with Toro Rosso.

  • Verstappen and his engine

    He uses a Red Bull Powertrains engine, manufactured at the Red Bull F1 facility in Milton Keynes. This engine was developed with the guidance of Honda, the same manufacturer that produced the title-winning engine for Verstappen and Red Bull in 2021. However, starting in 2026, considering Max remains with Red Bull until then, he will be equipped with an engine resulting from a collaboration between Red Bull and Ford. This partnership marks Ford’s return to Formula 1 after their previous involvement from 1963 to 2004 during which they supplied engines to numerous teams and enjoyed considerable success.

  • Highest paid driver

    Max Verstappen receives an annual salary of approximately $50-55 million from the Red Bull F1 team, making him the highest-earning driver on the entire grid. [29]Forbes

  • World Champion

    Max Verstappen is a two-time World Champion; he won in 2021, and 2022. In the thrilling 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Verstappen won the World Championship by overtaking Lewis Hamilton on the final lap, with just an eight-point margin between them for a first and second-place finish.

    🏎️ — "Max Verstappen you're the world champion"

    In 2022, he won the title again, this time with a lead of 146 points over Charles Leclerc; his total of 454 set a record for a season. Verstappen also had 15 Grand Prix victories in a single season, breaking the previous record of 13 held by Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher. This made him the second-youngest driver to win two championships. On this achievement, Verstappen said,

    This season was just great. We had a rough start, but after that we did very little wrong, and even though you cannot be perfect, we will always strive to achieve that.”

    According to Verstappen, his initial championship victory was “honestly the more emotional one,” whereas the second title was “definitely the most satisfying.” [30]The New York Times

  • Youngest World Champion?

    While Max Verstappen holds numerous records associated with his age, he did not become the youngest F1 World Champion. That title remains with Sebastian Vettel, who won the championship at the age of 23 years and 124 days. Verstappen, on the other hand, won the title at the age of 24 years and 73 days. [31]Formula 1

  • A “dirty driver!”

    In the early stages of his Formula 1 career, Max Verstappen was often called a “dirty driver” due to his involvement in accidents with other drivers. While Max has been part of several high-profile incidents, particularly during the intense title battle with Lewis Hamilton in 2021, he has matured significantly throughout his tenure in F1. [32]Planet F1
    Max Verstappen Crash GIF - Max Verstappen Crash F1Race - Discover & Share GIFs

  • Driving Style

    Max Verstappen has an aggressive driving style, often drawing comparisons to the legendary Ayrton Senna. Reportedly, he has had to make certain adjustments to his driving approach over the years, especially in 2022 when the new aerodynamic regulations significantly impacted the cars’ handling. Verstappen’s preference for car setup revolves around a strong front end, providing a strong grip at the front while keeping the rear a bit loose. Red Bull has incorporated this design philosophy in recent years, allowing Max to fully exploit the car’s potential on the track.

  • Crashes and retirements

    Throughout his Formula 1 career, Max Verstappen has been involved in a total of 13 crashes during races. Verstappen has retired from 31 races over the course of his career. However, not all of these retirements resulted from collisions, as various other factors can also lead to race retirements. List of Max Verstappen crashes

  • G Force Impact

    During the controversial opening lap of the 2021 British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Max Verstappen had a high-impact crash measuring 51G. The collision triggered Verstappen’s G Force warning sensor, which made him undergo a mandatory medical examination, and he came out from the incident without any injuries. G-force in F1 is the amount of force drivers feel due to rapid acceleration during high-speed corners. [33]Planet F1

  • Orange Army

    Max Verstappen enjoys a huge popularity in the Netherlands. Many songs have been dedicated to his Formula 1 career, and his passionate fans, known as the “Orange Army,” show massive support by travelling across the globe to cheer for him during various races. Whether it’s in the United States or Asia, the “Oranje fans” can be seen everywhere, showing their enthusiasm for their favorite driver. Almost 30% of the Dutch population, approximately 5 million fans, tuned in to witness Max Verstappen’s victory at Yas Marina in 2021 as he won the title.

    Max Verstappen thanking his Orange Army for the support

    Max Verstappen thanking his Orange Army for the support

  • Switched his helmet

    Max Verstappen switched to wearing a Schuberth helmet due to the 2019 regulation changes, which made his usual Arai helmets too small for his comfort in the car. To address this issue, Red Bull allowed him to use Schuberth helmets before the start of the 2019 season.
    i don't care, how about that — MAX VERSTAPPEN presents his helmet for the 2022...

  • Pet Lover

    He is a pet lover and has two Bengal cats named Lewis and Toto. Reportedly, the pets are worth up to $3,000 each. [34]Crash

    Max Verstappen doing exercise at home while his pet cats are playing around

    Max Verstappen doing exercise at home while his pet cats are playing around

  • Verstappen is afraid of…

    In an interview, Max Verstappen revealed that he is afraid of spiders and sharks. [35]Formula 1

  • “Simply Lovely”

    Throughout his career, Max Verstappen has often used the phrase “simply lovely” as a signature quote. He often employs this expression after winning a race. Verstappen has also utilized this term to express his gratitude to his team.