After winning his seventh straight race at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday, Max Verstappen is now just one race away from breaking another Formula One record.
At Spa-Francorchamps, Verstappen finished nearly 22 seconds ahead of his Red Bull colleague Sergio Pérez in second and over 32 seconds ahead of third-place Charles Leclerc after starting from sixth on the grid.
His resounding victory marked his tenth of the year and eighth straight. Sebastian Vettel now holds the record for the most consecutive race victories with nine.
Incredibly, Red Bull has won 12 straight races this year and 13 straight overall dating back to last season, making them the first team in the history of the sport to sweep the opening 12 races of the year.
It’s a new position, moving up from P6. I was confident that our vehicle Grand Prix was excellent; all that remained was for Turn One. I was simply going to keep out of that because I could see it getting pretty tight, and it worked out, he stated on Sky Sports later.
From that point on, we kept making the proper overtakes and movements. At first, I was a little trapped in a DRS train, but once it cleared up, I was able to move at my own leisure. Once more, very enjoyable.
With Sunday’s victory, the Dutch driver increased his lead in the drivers’ championship to 125 points. Throughout the race, he passed his rivals at will.
Verstappen was so at ease over a certain stretch of the race that he even recommended practicing pit stops.
Verstappen was heard on his team’s radio saying Grand Prix, “I could also push on and do another stop – a little bit of pit stop practice.”
The reply was forceful. “No. This time, no.