Verstappen chooses #33 as his driver number

Max Verstappen has chosen to race with the number 33 after confirming his choice ahead of his debut season in Formula 1.

The 17-year-old joins Toro Rosso alongside Carlos Sainz Jr who will race with #55. The pair will be the youngest team-mates on the grid with a combined age of just 37, compared to McLaren's Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button at 67.

Verstappen confirmed his permanent number choice on Twitter, revealing that he'd used the number when racing as a junior.

"So guys I'm ready to announce my number for next season," he wrote. "Did take a while to decide but I have chosen it now.

"Since I was a young kid I was racing around with this number. So I thought it is nice to keep that in F1 as well! #33."