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Verstappen to be youngest F1 driver

Max Verstappen, 16, will become Formula 1's youngest-ever driver next season after being unveiled as Toro Rosso's new signing.

The Dutch teenager, son of ex-F1 driver Jos Verstappen, currently races in Formula 3 with the Van Amersfoort Racing team.

He will partner Russian Daniil Kvyat in the Red Bull feeder team, with Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne, 24, surplus to requirements.

"Ever since I was seven, Formula 1 has been my career goal, so this is truly a dream come true," said Max, who turns 17 next month.

He will beat by almost two years the age record currently held by Spain's Jaime Alguersuari, who was 19 years and 125 days when he made his debut at the Hungarian GP in 2009, also for Toro Rosso.

Max won the world go-karting championship last year, and has topped the podium in eight out of 27 races since graduating to the highly competitive Formula 3 Championship. - AFP.