Max Verstappen showcased his dominance at the Canadian Grand Prix, overcoming the unusual obstacle of a dead bird lodged in his Red Bull‘s brake duct to secure yet another victory. Despite the bird incident, Verstappen maintained his composure and sailed to his third consecutive win from pole position. Red Bull team principal Christian Horner commended Verstappen‘s control during the race, highlighting the bird’s presence as the biggest challenge he faced. Horner confirmed that the remains of the bird stayed in the brake duct for the entirety of the race, emphasizing Verstappen‘s remarkable performance.
With this win, Verstappen joined Ayrton Senna in the record books, as both drivers have achieved 41 victories. He now stands at fifth place on the all-time winners’ list. Lewis Hamilton (103), Michael Schumacher (91), Sebastian Vettel (54), and Alain Prost (51) are the only drivers who have amassed more wins. Verstappen‘s accomplishment firmly cements his status as a top-tier driver.
Furthermore, Red Bull celebrated a monumental milestone with their 100th win as a team. Christian Horner, who has guided the team since its inception in 2005, commented on the team’s remarkable journey. He fondly remembered their early days, where the primary ambition was to be competitive and establish themselves as serious contenders in Formula 1. Horner reminisced about their first win in 2009, just four years after entering the sport, and how it provided a glimmer of hope for the team’s future. Since then, Red Bull has continuously strived for success, and reaching a century of victories is a testament to the dedication and hard work of the entire organization.
Horner expressed his gratitude for everyone involved in Red Bull‘s achievements, acknowledging both the visible contributions from the trackside team and the behind-the-scenes support services. He emphasized the unsung heroes within the company who have played crucial roles in the team’s success. Red Bull‘s journey from their early days to becoming a dominant force in Formula 1 demonstrates their unwavering commitment to excellence.