At the conclusion of Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix in Monza, Italy, Max Verstappen etched his name in the Formula 1 history books. The Red Bull driving force secured his tenth win in succession — an impressive feat that surpasses the previous record held by Sebastian Vettel since 2013.
The Dutch Grand Prix, only a week past, had been the stage for Verstappen’s equalizing act with Vettel’s longstanding record as he thrilled his home crowd. A crowning move, however, was executed on Lap 14 of the Italian Grand Prix where Verstappen skillfully overtook Carlos Sainz to deny Ferrari the coveted win on home turf.
This season has been infused with an invincible aura for Verstappen since his victory at the Miami Grand Prix in May. All eyes are on the gifted driver as he gears up for his potential third consecutive championship, a feat that he could achieve as early as the Qatar Grand Prix scheduled for Oct. 8. Remarkably, this would still leave a buffer of five races in the season.
Verstappen’s victory in Monza marked his 12th win out of the season’s 14 races so far, setting him on a trajectory that could obliterate the single-season record of 15 he forged in 2022.
At merely 25-years-old, Verstappen’s career has been nothing short of spectacular this season. With Alain Prost‘s 51 career wins within his sights, Verstappen is left with a simple task of securing just four more wins this season. Should his winning streak persist, he would surpass Vettel’s career wins of 53 to lodge himself into the third spot before the season ends. This would leave only Michael Schumacher‘s 91 and Lewis Hamilton‘s 103 career wins for him to strive for.
The victory at Monza not only cemented Verstappen’s meteoric rise but also maintained Red Bull‘s undefeated streak this year. Apart from Verstappen’s victories, his teammate, Sergio Perez, has made significant contributions with wins in Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan, races where Verstappen secured the second position.
Having their sights set high, Red Bull is angling to set another record in Formula 1 history. They are on a mission to be the first team to remain unbeaten in an entire F1 season. Given their momentous momentum, this feat doesn’t seem far-fetched with just eight races left on the calendar.