Untouchable or almost in 2023, Max Verstappen (Red Bull) is heading straight for a 3rd title in a row in F1. But when ? The Dutchman could well be crowned at the end of October…
At the speed he is going at the moment, Max Verstappen will soon have disgusted all the competition. Indeed, during this 2023 season, the Dutchman has already achieved nine successes in Formula 1 out of eleven races! Only Sergio Pérez (in Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan) has been able to prevent his teammate at Red Bull from winning in recent months. Still an easy winner last weekend at the Hungarian Grand Prix, the reigning double world champion now has 281 points in the drivers’ standings, 110 more than the Mexican, his first pursuer.
At this rate (taking ten points more than Pérez per race), Verstappen could well have something to celebrate in October. If winning the title at the Qatar GP (October 8) seems a little too complicated, the coronation could well come soon after in Austin (October 22), during the United States GP, four races from the end of the 2023 season.
Verstappen already in a hurry to pocket a 45th success
But, in the meantime, the Dutchman has made no secret that he is not yet satisfied with success, he who has gleaned 24 of his 44 victories in a year and a half. “I think people forget how hard it is to win twelve times in a row (which Red Bull just did). Even when you have the fastest car. It’s so easy to make small mistakes or have a weekend without. It’s always interesting to try to improve things, as we did on Saturday. Always wanting to do better… I hope that we can keep this “momentum”, learn and make changes, for this year and next year, declared the person concerned, in particular, at a press conference, after his victory in Budapest on Sunday. The following ? It would be terrible to stop there (44 is Hamilton’s number). I really need to get the 45th fast. For that, are you going to Belgium at Spa-Francorchamps this Sunday?