Max Verstappen has been enrapturing the world of motorsports, earning eight consecutive victories since his win at the Miami Grand Prix in May. If he is successful again in securing a win in Zandvoort on Sunday, he will be on par with the record of Sebastian Vettel, the former driver for Red Bull.
Vettel, a four-time world champion, created his record sprint during the 2013 season where he claimed the last of his four world titles.
With Verstappen having secured pole position for the Dutch Grand Prix and already surpassing Vettel with the most race victories representing Red Bull, discussions around what it would signify to match Vettel’s record is heating up.
Speaking about his potential achievement, Verstappen divulged, “Well, I think after like five wins in a row or something like that, Seb texted me, you know ‘well done, what you’re doing at the moment, keep it up’ and something like ‘you’re going to do it’. But you know, I was like, ‘that’s nine wins in a row, it’s something very impressive’ and I never thought I would be able to be already on eight.”
This racing year, Verstappen has grasped the winner’s trophy in 10 out of 12 weekends besides garnering two more victories in the three sprint races. His other efforts on Sundays have resulted in securing the second position, while his weakest showing resulted in a third place in the Azerbaijan sprint.
Reflecting back, Verstappen’s best concurrent winning streak last year was five, spanning from France to Italy, which helped him bag his second driver’s title.
Discussing the prospect of equalling Vettel’s record, Verstappen stated, “I mean, if it’s possible, of course I’ll go for it, but it’s not something I have in the back of my head, constantly like ‘I need to do this, I need to do this’. I’m not in this sport to try and break records. I’m just here to win at the moment.”