Max Verstappen has made it clear that he has no interest in Red Bull completing an unbeaten season, should he win his third championship this year. While no Formula 1 team has ever achieved a perfect record of winning every race in a calendar season, Red Bull‘s dominance this year with seven victories has sparked speculation that they could be the first. Verstappen, who currently holds a commanding 63-point lead over his Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez, seems certain to retain the championship. However, he emphasized that his focus is solely on winning the title, rather than worrying about the team’s perfect record.
In terms of his personal achievements, Verstappen is on track to join the legendary Ayrton Senna in joint fifth place on the all-time winners’ list with his next victory, which would be his 41st. When asked if he would care about going unbeaten, Verstappen bluntly responded with a simple “No.” He emphasized that the most important thing for him is to win the championship, as last year’s already impressive record of 15 wins was “quite crazy.”
While McLaren‘s 1988 team managed to win 15 out of 16 races and Mercedes achieved a similarly dominant performance with 19 out of 21 victories in 2016, Verstappen acknowledged the difficulty of winning every race in a season. He highlighted the unpredictable nature of Formula 1 and the fact that unforeseen circumstances can often derail a team’s flawless campaign. Verstappen believes that achieving a perfect record is highly unlikely and not something he is actively thinking about.
However, Verstappen did acknowledge that, based on the speed of their car and their current performance, it could be theoretically possible for Red Bull to achieve an unbeaten season. He noted that McLaren came close to this feat in one race during a season with fewer races than the current calendar. Nonetheless, he remains realistic about the challenges and uncertainties of Formula 1, recognizing that there will always be factors beyond their control that can impact their performance.
In summary, while Red Bull‘s dominant season has fueled speculation about the possibility of completing an unbeaten campaign, Max Verstappen is not placing much importance on this achievement. His primary focus is on winning the championship, and he recognizes the difficulty and unpredictability of maintaining a perfect record throughout an entire season. Verstappen‘s pragmatic approach reflects his understanding of the challenges inherent in Formula 1 and his unwavering determination to claim the ultimate prize.