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Karting prodigy Max Verstappen joins FIA F3 grid with VAR

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: Florida Winter Series

Photo: Florida Winter Series

Highly-rated karting graduate Max Verstappen will spend his first year in cars in the FIA F3 European Championship, having signed with Van Amersfoort Racing.

The 16-year-old youngster amassed a glowing CV in karting over the recent years with a huge array of titles across different categories and championships. After a number of successes on the national karting scene, he became a star in the KF3 class in 2010, winning the WSK Euro Series, WSK World Series and the European Bridgestone Cup.

In 2012, he made the switch to KF2 racing, winning the WSK Master Series and finishing runner-up in the CIK-FIA World Cup. A year later, he took the WSK Euro Series title in the KZ1 class and won the CIK-FIA European Championship in both the KF and the KZ classes.

Verstappen tested extensively in preparation for his switch to car racing, making appearances with several frontrunning teams in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, as well as Motopark in German F3.

Earlier this year, he took part in the Ferrari-run Florida Winter Series and took two victories across the twelve races against a much more experienced grid.

The single-seater rookie is Van Amersfoort Racing’s second signing for the 2014 FIA F3 season, as the team has previously announced that it’s promoting Gustavo Menezes from their German F3 squad.

The team finished seventh in last season’s team championship, picking up a sole podium with Sven Muller.

2014 FIA F3 European Championship lineup so far
Team Drivers
Prema Powerteam Dennis van de Laar, Esteban Ocon, Antonio Fuoco, Nicholas Latifi
Mucke Motorsport Lucas Auer, Roy Nissany
Carlin Ed Jones, Jake Dennis, Jordan King
Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Antonio Giovinazzi, Sean Gelael, Tom Blomqvist
T-Sport Spike Goddard, Alex Toril
EuroInternational Riccardo Agostini, Michele Beretta
Van Amersfoort Racing Gustavo Menezes, Max Verstappen
Team West-Tec Felix Serralles
Signature Oscar Tunjo