Verstappen passes driving test on 18th birthday

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Max Verstappen is well on his way to being Formula 1’s unofficial Rookie of the Year in 2015, but it was not until his 18th birthday on Thursday that he finally gained his road driving license.

Verstappen caused a stir in F1 by becoming the youngest driver in the history of the sport when he made his debut at the Australian Grand Prix in March aged just 17, prompting the FIA to impose a minimum age restriction from 2016.

It has been something of a running joke in F1 for some time that Verstappen was not legally allowed to drive a road car but was battling with some of the best racers in the world at track such as Monaco, Monza and Suzuka.

However, on his 18th birthday on Thursday, Verstappen finally gained his road driver’s license, as confirmed by a post from the Dutchman’s Twitter account.

“It’s great to be eighteen and to have a driving license,” Verstappen said on his website. “That I’m finally allowed on the road on my own gives me more independence, which is great!

“I have to say it’s a relief to pass the test. I was a bit nervous to make mistakes, but the exam went well.”

If Max was nervous, we dread to think how the instructor felt trying to tell an F1 racer how to drive…