Verstappen to take driving lessons over summer break

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Saturday marked the first day of Formula 1’s summer shutdown, an enforced two-week break for all of the teams and drivers involved in the sport.

Most of the drivers will spend their time catching up with family, appearing on the red carpet, or, in Daniel Ricciardo’s case, eating chips.

Max Verstappen has a very different task, though. Fresh from finishing fourth at the Hungarian Grand Prix, the Dutch driver will be spending his summer break taking driving lessons.

At the age of 17, Verstappen is currently too young to obtain a road driver’s licence in Belgium, where he lives.

Under the driving laws in the country, he must complete a minimum amount of time in lessons before being able to take his test once he turns 18 in September.

“I’m doing my lessons in the summer break and then will take my test around my birthday in September,” Verstappen told The Guardian.

“With the F1 schedule it has been difficult to fit everything in so I’ve had to wait for the break.

“You need a minimum six or seven hours driving under the laws in Belgium where I live, and I hope that’s all I need. We’ll see.”

Despite being so young, Verstappen has proven that he is more than capable of racing and competing in F1 during his first half-season in the sport, racking up 22 points to sit 11th in the drivers’ championship.

Earlier this week, it was confirmed that the Dutch driver had joined Team Redline, a sim racing team, in a bid to keep sharp when he’s not out on track.