The young Formula 1 sensation Max Verstappen claimed another milestone during qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix when the 18 year-old Verstappen becomes the youngest driver to secure a front row start in Formula 1 history since Ricardo Rodriguez achieved the feat in the 1961 Italian Grand Prix aged 19.
Verstappen races under the Dutch flag but was born in Belgium to a Belgian mother, and they love him here just as if he was one of their own.
Although he was just 0.1s behind Rosberg, surely the Mercedes man could have improved. Verstappen was pleased with his afternoon’s work in the sweltering sun.
“You can always do a better job but I think Nico could have done a better lap,” he said. It’s always when you put everything together but I think in the end to be so close to them on a track with some long straights, we can be very pleased with that.
“The whole weekend has been very smooth, even though I had some issues this morning but from there on, the mechanics did a great job and in qualifying the car was working really well as you could see in sector two, so I’m very pleased to be second here in front of my fans, it’s just a great motivation when you see them next to the track.”
“It’s always very difficult to say [if it made a difference]. I think it just gives you a better reference straight away but on the other hand we should be on our limits quite easily and I think after one run in qualifying it was there again so maybe, maybe not.”
Verstappen paid back that faith with a brilliant drive to win the Spanish GP in May in his first race for Red Bull, and then finished second in Austria and Britain before taking third place at the German GP in the last race before the summer break.