Max Verstappen: F1 star races down an Alps ski run ‘Watch’

Max Verstappen: F1 star races down an Alps ski run - Watch

Max Verstappen is an 18-year-old Belgian and Dutch driver who finished 12th this past year in his first season in Formula 1.

Max Verstappen was a total breath of fresh air last year in Formula One. At 17, he was the youngest driver to ever start an F1 race, a record he’ll likely hold for a long time. (Shortly after he gained his super license from the FIA, the organization changed the minimum age to 18.) He was not only a competitive driver, he was also a stubborn personality, refusing to let teammates pass him, and generally bucking the recent trend of forgettable F1 personalities.

I imagined Verstappen, who won the official F1 Personality of the Year award, would take the offseason to wind down a little before focusing his efforts on an even better 2016. Boy was I wrong.

A handful of videos were published to Verstappen’s YouTube channel today that show just how much more (terrifying) fun F1 drivers have than the rest of us — even during the offseason.

In them, we see Verstappen taking his Red Bull (of course) team race car and driving it up, down, and back up a ski slope. Somehow, the mix of studded tires, snow chains, and Verstappen’s natural born talent keep the kid from flying off the mountain. (The super serious 9-minute one, seen directly above, is particularly full of beautiful, mind-boggling footage.)

As if that wasn’t enough, the Red Bull car also had to be air-lifted onto the mountain to begin with. It’s like a set piece from a video game, except he really did it, and you might have a minor heart attack watching him survive. Here’s to next season.

  • Swed Thompson

    The video looks more like an advertisement than a documentary; very poorly produced video indeed. Why the footage of the driver touching one of the studs on the tire in slow motion? The transitions from normal to slow motion detracted from the continuity of the video. The video’s continuity was also compromised
    by the frequent scene changes from close-up to normal view. All in all, a very
    poor attempt at what could have been a great video presentation.