Max Verstappen has already reached a career high
Max Verstappen has already equaled his record for Formula 1 victories in a single season as he aims for his first world championship.
At the Mercedes stronghold of Circuit Paul Ricard, Red Bull and Max Verstappen executed a perfect tire strategy, similar to the tire strategies used against them by the Silver Arrows in the past, to overcome a first lap error and secure the victory in the Formula 2021. 1 seventh race of the season, the French Grand Prix.
This victory is Red Bull’s fourth and Verstappen’s third of the 2021 season. Verstappen won the Grand Prix of Emilia-Romagna on the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari (Imola) and the Monaco Grand Prix on the Circuit of Monaco earlier this year, and Red Bull won the Azerbaijani Grand Prix on the Baku City Circuit with Sergio Perez.
As a result, the 23-year-old Dutchman has already tied his career single-season winning record, winning three races he had never won before.
Considering how much he has done in the lead in the first seven races of the 2021 season and the fact that on paper he could very well have five wins (add Bahrain and Baku) on his track record, it might seem a bit of a surprise that Verstappen has never won more than three races in a single season.
He won one race in 2016 and two in 2017 and 2018 before setting three career records in 2019: the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring, the German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring and the Brazilian Grand Prix. on the Autodromo Jose Carlos. Pace.
He added two more wins last season, but so far Red Bull hasn’t been able to compete with Mercedes week after week since the V6 turbo hybrid era began in 2014. In fact, they’re on a three-game winning streak, something they hadn’t achieved since winning their fourth straight Constructors’ Championship in 2013.
Verstappen’s victory in the French Grand Prix, the 13th of his career, also allowed him to extend his lead over Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes in the drivers’ standings.
He entered the race with an eight-point lead (105-101) and by winning and completing the fastest lap of the race, he scored 26 points. Hamilton scored 18 finishing in second place, giving Verstappen a 12-point lead (131-119).
Verstappen’s pass to take Hamilton’s lead on the 52nd lap of this 53-lap race around the 15-turn, 3.63-mile (5.842-kilometer) road course in Le Castellet, France, marked an oscillation of 14 points in the world championship battle, which is more than the difference between the two drivers through seven races.
The next race on the program is the Austrian Grand Prix, which is due to take place on Sunday 27 June. This race is scheduled to be broadcast live on ESPN from the Red Bull Ring starting at 9:00 a.m.ET.