When the Formula 1 field lines up for the 2015 Australian Grand Prix Max Verstappen will by far and a way become the youngest driver to start a Formula 1 race.
Verstappen's instantaneous promotion to F1, having signed up to Red Bull's junior driver programme while still in the process of completing his maiden season in single-seater racing, is something unprecedented in the modern era of F1.
Unsurprisingly, Verstappen's deal to replace Jean-Eric Vergne at Toro Rosso, which was announced ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix, sparked much discussion in the Spa paddock as to how a 16-year-old Dutch racer - who has yet to finish school and is not yet old enough to drive on the road in his home country - can possibly be ready to compete at motorsport's highest level.
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Ben Anderson is Autosport's Grand Prix Editor and one of our track testers. He holds an undergraduate degree in journalism studies from the University of Sheffield and joined the title in March of 2008, after eight months working in local newspaper journalism for award-winning weekly the Surrey Mirror. He has raced karts and cars since the age of 11, and occasionally continues to do so around his reporting commitments for Autosport.@BenAndersonAuto More features by Ben Anderson