(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.