*Father and former F1 racer Jos Verstappen is Dutch, mother and former karting racer Sophie Kumpen is Belgian. Max competes with a Dutch licence.
* Given his first go-kart at the age of four. Competes in first kart race at age of seven. A Belgian champion in the mini category at eight. He won all 21 races the following year to retain the title.
* Moves up to mini-max karting category in 2007. He wins every race on the calendar and also wins a Dutch title. In 2008, he won three karting titles and does it again in 2009.