Verstappen made his Grand Prix debut in 2017 - signing for Calinetic on a two year deal. His best results for the team came in his second season, when he scored a pair of third place finishes. Verstappen's deal was extended by a year into 2019 but a lacklustre season saw him out of a drive at the end of the year.
A successful 2020 in DTM with Audi saw him return to the F1 grid with Red Bull Racing alongside Formula Two champion Roger Ibe in 2021. Verstappen was a regular points scorer in 2021 despite the Red Bull being a fairly modest vehicle by their usual standards, finishing the season 11th place overall.
In 2022, Verstappen won his first Formula One race at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix when Ferrari's Alexander Albon was given a time penalty to drop him behind Verstappen. Verstappen won a further two races that season, in Great Britain and Singapore on his way to sixth in the driver's championship. An unsafe return to the circuit at the penultimate race of the season saw Verstappen banned at the season finale, being replaced by Red Bull reserve driver Mick Schumacher.