Father Jos’ Wrongful Prediction on Max Verstappen’s F1 Debut Spotted by Eagle-Eyed Fans

Published 09/30/2021, 3:02 PM EDT
MONTMELO, SPAIN – MAY 15: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates his first F1 win with father Jos Verstappen during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Max Verstappen became the latest among the current grid of F1 drivers to celebrate his birthday this year. Despite competing in his seventh F1 season, it’s hard to imagine that the Dutchman is turning just 24 years old today.

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The Red Bull driver’s birthday saw an old update on his father, Jos Verstappen’s website do the rounds on social media. If Max’s life went according to that update, the complexion of F1 could have been very different today.

Jos Verstappen’s 24-year-old website entry resurfaces on his son’s birthday

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Jos, who raced for F1 team Tyrrell at the time and his wife Sophie welcomed their son, Max to the family on this day 24 years ago. On that day, Jos’ website shared an update of Max’s birth.

While mentioning details about the newborn baby, the entry mentions Max could make his F1 debut in 2020. Along with featuring on the old website, the update also features on Max’s current website.

The entry reads“This afternoon Jos and Sophie became the proud parents of a healthy son. His name is Max and he weighs 3265 gram. Max Emilian, as is his full name, is 48,5 cm long. Sophie delivered Max at 13.20 without any complications. The delivery lasted for 40 minutes.

“Max had chosen the right moment to come out. Now Jos and Sophie can enjoy some time with Max before Jos has to leave for Japan. If Max has inherited the racing talents of both his parents a new F1 driver for the year 2020 has been born today.”

Well, as it turns out, not only did Max make his debut in F1, but he made it five years than his parents predicted in 2015. At 17-years-old, the Dutchman is the youngest ever driver to make his F1 debut. Following his debut in 2015, F1 decided to increase the minimum age to 18, which means Verstappen will remain the youngest ever debutant in the sport’s history.

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Can Max Verstappen clinch his maiden F1 title this year?

After several years of trying, Verstappen finds himself in the best position to challenge for the driver’s championship. However, when Lewis Hamilton is the key competitor, it will always be a difficult mountain to climb.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 10, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after qualifying in third position for the sprint qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

With seven races to go, Verstappen trails Hamilton by just two points. And with Red Bull looking much stronger than ever before, expect the 24-year-old to give it everything.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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