Verstappen scored his fifth consecutive victory final weekend on the Italian Grand Prix, extending his lead on the prime of the drivers’ championship to 116 factors over Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.
It means Verstappen can mathematically clinch his second F1 title on the subsequent race in Singapore ought to he lengthen his benefit by an additional 17 factors.
Verstappen can be closing on the report for essentially the most wins in a single season. He has scored 11 victories to date this yr, placing him two shy of the report shared by Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher with six races remaining.
Verstappen opened up concerning the present feelings by the profitable streak after his victory at Monza, saying it was “superb what we’re experiencing throughout the group.”
“We’re having a tremendous yr, and it is necessary to get pleasure from it as effectively,” mentioned Verstappen.
“I feel we have had numerous completely different challenges on completely different sorts of tracks and now the automobile actually appears to work at each observe. And yeah, we’re extraordinarily happy.”
Max Verstappen, Crimson Bull Racing, 1st place, celebrates along with his group in Parc Ferme
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The convenience with which Verstappen has swept in direction of the title in 2022 is in stark distinction to his maiden championship win final yr, which was claimed on the final lap after a fraught, season-long struggle towards Lewis Hamilton.
Crimson Bull group boss Christian Horner beforehand mentioned there was “not one ounce” of him that wished Ferrari had put up a larger struggle, given the pressures of the 2021 title battle.
Verstappen has began no increased than seventh on the grid prior to now three races, however every time as recovered to maintain his profitable streak going after Crimson Bull pulled away from Ferrari’s stage of efficiency.
The Dutchman mentioned the present interval of success was much like his remaining yr in go-karting, however that repeating it in F1 was “very completely different when it comes to emotions.”
“On the time, your purpose is Method 1, so after all you are having fun with what you are attaining, however you additionally assume there’s such a good distance nonetheless left earlier than you get to Method 1,” mentioned Verstappen.
“So it’s kind of of a special wave of pleasure and what you’re feeling. However that remaining yr in go-karting was good too.”
Ought to Verstappen wrap up the championship in Singapore with 5 races remaining, it will be the earliest coronation since Michael Schumacher in 2002, who clinched the title with a report six races to go.