He has been driving a Formula 1 car the whole season, but Max Verstappen finally obtained his driver’s licence on Wednesday as he turned 18.
The teenager became the sport’s youngest-ever driver at the age of 17 at the start of the year, yet he wasn’t able to drive on the roads of Belgium, where he lives, as the minimum age is 18.
And he celebrated his birthday on Wednesday by passing his driving test.
“It’s great to be 18 and to have a driving license,” he said on his official 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.”