F1: 17-year-old Verstappen sets record as youngest points scorer

Max Verstappen started sixth and finished seventh at the 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix.

Andrew Hone

Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen finished seventh in Malaysia, setting a new record as the youngest F1 points scorer – one that looks likely to stand for all time given that the superlicence age will be set at 18 next year.

The Dutchman had a bad first lap and dropped to 10th by the second lap. Later in the race he had to fight and pass teammate Carlos Sainz, who finished just a second behind.

“It was a good day,” he said. “The first few laps were a bit difficult for me, struggling a lot with the brakes and the tires. After my first stop we went on the hard, and for me it worked much better. We could find a good balance with the car, a good rhythm, and suddenly after 15 laps the brakes started to work as well. And from there on I could push and manage the tires very well.”

Regarding an aggressive pass on RBR’s Daniel Ricciardo he said: “The car was working great, and you get a lot of confidence from that, and I think that was a very good move. I was smiling, that’s for sure!”

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