In a thrilling performance at the Belgian Grand Prix this past Sunday, Max Verstappen secured his eighth consecutive race victory, placing him just one win shy of matching Sebastian Vettel's record for the most consecutive race wins.
A Stellar Performance at Spa-Francorchamps
Starting from sixth on the grid at the iconic Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Verstappen deftly maneuvered his way through the pack, finishing an impressive 22 seconds ahead of his Red Bull teammate, Sergio Pérez, and a whopping 32 seconds in front of the third-placed Charles Leclerc.
This recent win marks Verstappen's 10th victory of the season, with the last eight being back-to-back triumphs. If his on-track prowess wasn't impressive enough, consider this: Red Bull Racing, with Verstappen at the forefront, has now chalked up 13 consecutive victories, dating back to last season.
Moreover, they've secured the top spot in every single one of the 12 races this year, a first in the annals of Formula One history. Reflecting on his performance, Verstappen shared with Sky Sports, “It’s a new spot (winning from) P6.
I knew that we had a great car and it was just about surviving Turn One. I could see it getting really tight so I was just going to stay out of that and it worked out. From there onwards we made the right overtakes and moves.
I got a bit stuck in a DRS train at the start but once that cleared I could do my own pace. Again, really enjoyable”.
Dominance in the Driver's Seat
The stellar achievements by the Dutch sensation this season underscore why he's the frontrunner in the drivers' championship race.
Following Sunday's grand prix, Verstappen has further solidified his lead, now standing at a commanding 125 points ahead of his nearest competitor. Such dominant displays not only cement Verstappen's reputation as one of the sport's rising stars but also send a clear signal to rivals about the prowess of the Red Bull team.
With records on the verge of being shattered, Formula One enthusiasts have much to look forward to as the season progresses. One thing is certain: all eyes will be on Verstappen as he chases down history.