At 24 years old, Max Verstappen is already setting numerous Formula One records. Last season, he became the fourth F1 driver to record 10 or more wins in a single season. And now the Red Bull driver has room to tie the record of 13 or set his own at 14. The F1 racing odds have him and the constructor locked as the outright winners. But how plausible is it for them to make history?
Formula One Record: 13 Victories in a Season
In 2004, Michael Schumacher completed perhaps the most dominant season by any Formula One driver, winning 13 of the 18 races. In doing so, Schumacher also bested his record of 11 wins in 2002. Flash forward to 2013 and Sebastian Vettel tied the win total by setting his own record of nine consecutive victories to cap the season.
Lewis Hamilton, as dominant as he and Mercedes were, did not win more than 11 races in a season. He, however, won 11 of 17 races in a shorter F1 season in 2020. At a 64.7% winning rate, Hamilton may have broken the record as he was on pace to win 14 races in a 22-race season.
Now, Verstappen and Red Bull have a golden opportunity in front of them. The Belgian-Dutch driver stands at seven wins after 12 races for a 58.3% winning percentage. If he keeps this rate up, Verstappen will win 13 races. But to hit the historic 14th win, he will have to win seven of the remaining 10 races. Can we bet online on him to do it?
Will Verstappen 7 of the Next 10?
Winning 70% of the races is a feat only Schumacher has been able to accomplish. Verstappen still faces steep competition from the likes of Charles Leclerc and Lewis Hamilton. But going by Ferrari’s mishaps and Mercedes being a distant third-placer, Verstappen can continue his efficient racing and win most of the next 10 races.
It starts with the Hungarian Grand Prix, a race that Verstappen has yet to win. He finished second twice and, after a catastrophic accident last year, still managed to finish eighth. The online gambling odds favor Verstappen by a bit over Leclerc for this year’s race in at the Hungaroring. But should he falter, there are a handful of other races in which he’s comfortable and that includes his home tracks in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Verstappen won both the Belgian Grand Prix and Dutch Grand Prix last season. He also won the United States Grand Prix, Mexican Grand Prix, and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The latter two, he has won multiple times over his career.
He finished second in all races but the Italian Grand Prix, in which he retired, following his back-to-back wins in Stavelot and Zandvoort. Prior to 2021, Verstappen has also recorded a victory in Sao Paulo (2019).
That makes it 6 of the remaining 10 tracks where Verstappen has recorded the first-place finish.
While it’s not a guarantee that Verstappen can win these tracks again, he has that edge over Leclerc. And unless Hamilton and Mercedes continue making strides, Verstappen should be considered the favorite in the remaining races.
Whether you’re a Red Bull fan, witnessing Verstappen on his way to breaking a record is an astonishing moment.