After making his mark on this sport at just 17 years old, his debut was arguably the most anticipated of any driver ever and he’s certainly been living up to his hype. Max is not only his name, but it is the nature of the young man’s driving.
Debuting with Toro Rosso, it took just over a year before he was promoted to Red Bull and his debut could not have gone better. At just 18 years old he became F1’s youngest ever race winner on his debut for Red Bull in Spain and from then, he has been their main man.
His aggressive style of driving has sometimes brought its critiques, but with it has been drives that will go down in history. Who can forget Brazil 2016? He fought from the back to a podium in the wet, whilst almost crashing out. Or even his victory in Germany through the wet despite his car once facing the wrong way - it’s said that those who can win in the wet are special and Verstappen certainly is.
Some say he is now Formula One’s most talented driver, but he will need the right car to fight with Hamilton for the title in 2020 - can Red Bull deliver?
It has been a whirlwind twelve months for Alex Albon. Not knowing if he’d be in Formula One for 2019, Albon then made his debut for Toro Rosso - but finished the season at Red Bull.
Being awarded with the ‘Rookie of the Year’ trophy, Albon certainly deserved it. Being team-mates with Max Verstappen is not easy for any driver yet Albon has held his own and unluckily, missed out on a podium in Brazil following a collision with Hamilton whilst the Red Bull driver was in second.
But Albon was able to put on a brave face following it and his resilience is something that remains special about the driver. As a youngster part of the Red Bull driving academy, he was once released yet he did not let that define him. He continued in his mission to get to Formula One before Red Bull decided to sign him back and give him his F1 debut with Toro Rosso - looks like the release worked well for both parties in the end.
He has fought his way through the ranks racing alongside drivers such as Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris and George Russell but 2020 is where the sternest challenge comes - competing closely with Max Verstappen in equal machinery throughout a whole calendar year.