Scuderia Toro Rosso rookie Max Verstappen, who will set a record as the youngest driver in Formula One history when he starts the 2015 Australian Grand Prix at age 17, will have a car number almost double that when he lines up in Melbourne.
The young Dutchman will wear No. 33 next year and for the entirety of his Grand Prix career. He announced the move on Friday.
It is funny to note how in the tweet, Verstappen says “Since I was a young kid,” when he is still very much a young kid – albeit a very talented one at that.
Although, to Verstappen’s credit, he poked fun at it when asked by GP3 and sometimes FIA World Endurance Championship driver Richie Stanaway’s joke asking if the picture was from last year.
Verstappen’s teammate, fellow first-year driver Carlos Sainz Jr., has already announced he will use No. 55.
The Verstappen number announcement means only the third confirmed 2015 rookie Felipe Nasr, the Brazilian who will join Sauber next year, is yet to confirm his number choice.
Nasr ran 40 as Williams’ third driver in his selected free practice one outings next year, but will need to select a different number when he lines up alongside Marcus Ericsson next season.