Verstappen to become youngest F1 driver

(AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

SUZUKA, Japan (AP) Dutch teenager Max Verstappen will become the youngest driver to take part in a Formula One Grand Prix weekend when he pilots a Toro Rosso in Friday morning's opening practice session at the Japanese Grand Prix.

Verstappen, who turned 17 on Sept. 30, has been granted a license by the sport's governing body FIA clearing him to take part in Friday's practice. He is scheduled to race for Toro Rosso in 2015.

He will be close to two years younger than current record holder Jaime Alguersuari, who was 19 years and 125 days when he contested the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix.

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Formula 1 Leaders: Points
RankDriverPointsWins
1 L.Hamilton 241 7
2 N.Rosberg 238 4
3 D.Ricciardo 181 3
4 F.Alonso 133 0
5 S.Vettel 124 0
6 V.Bottas 122 0
7 J.Button 72 0
8 N.Hulkenberg 72 0
9 F.Massa 65 0
10 S.Perez 45 0
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