Max Verstappen won the Mexican Formula 1 Grand Prix for the fourth time in his career after another strong performance. In doing so, he once again got the better of Lewis Hamilton. At the current rate of success, the Dutchman is set to wipe out Lewis Hamilton’s F1 records with ease.
At only 25 years of age, the Red Bull driver has already won 34 times in his career and is in a strong position to break the British driver’s record.
One weekend follows another for Max Verstappen, who still can’t get enough of victories. At the Mexican Grand Prix, he added a 34th victory to his list of achievements, the 14th of his season, thus beating the record held by Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher. The Dutchman is well on his way to making F1 history.
“I’ve never really been interested in statistics”
Max Verstappen broke a new record this weekend in Mexico by winning for the 14th time this season. It was his 34th career victory at just 25 years of age.
Lewis Hamilton was 29 years old to achieve the same number of victories and although he admits he doesn’t pay attention to the statistics, Max Verstappen is on course to take on some of the most unlikely to be beaten sounding records.
An example of which being the number of victories held by the British driver and his 103 wins.
“I don’t know, I’ve never really been interested in statistics, I just live in the moment. I just try to do the best I can every weekend. I try to win the races, and that, for me, is the most important thing,
“Every weekend, if I can go home and say I’ve maximised my effort or almost maximised my effort, then I’m happy,” said Verstappen after his win.
Verstappen has already broken many records
At 25 years of age, Max Verstappen is ahead of Lewis Hamilton’s lap times and has already broken some records. He is the youngest driver to start a GP when he was just 17 years, 5 months and 15 days old in 2015. The youngest Grand Prix winner at 18 years, 7 months and 15 days old in Spain, 2016. And the youngest winner of the fastest lap, the youngest driver to reach a podium, the youngest driver to have scored a point, the youngest driver to have led a race, but also the Grand Prix record-holder over a season.
With 416 points at the end of the 20th race, he also broke the record for most points in a single season. These are staggering statistics. With full power at Red Bull, his domination is set to last. He is now aiming to match Hamilton’s seven world titles and the Briton’s 103 victories.
The beginning of a domination?
Just as Mercedes’ domination has allowed Hamilton to win everything, Max Verstappen knows that he will need a top car to go after his rival’s latest records.
“A lot of things in Formula 1 depend on your car and we have a great package.”
The 2023 season promises to be a great spectacle as Hamilton will not be taking it lying down, having recently indicated his desire to continue for several years with Mercedes.