Delighted Verstappen wants to change his passport

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Posted: Jul 10, 2016 1:57 PM
Delighted Verstappen wants to change his passport

SILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Dutch teenager Max Verstappen joked he's thinking of changing his passport after a warm reception from fans at Sunday's Formula One British Grand Prix.

The 18-year-old Red Bull driver finished third but was later promoted to second place over Nico Rosberg, who had a 10-second time penalty for a breach of radio communication rules during the race.

Lewis Hamilton won the race.

"That was just amazing, they are cheering for a non-British driver," Verstappen said after the podium ceremonies. "I think maybe I need to change my passport."

Verstappen's rapid progress from rookie to front-runner has made him the most successful Formula One driver in Dutch motor racing history, surpassing the achievements of his father Jos.

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After joining from Toro Rosso, Verstappen won on his debut with the Red Bull team at the Spanish Grand Prix in May to become the sport's youngest race winner.