Verstappen scored his fifth consecutive victory final weekend on the Italian Grand Prix, extending his lead on the high 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 prolong his benefit by an additional 17 factors.
Verstappen can be closing on the file for essentially the most wins in a single season. He has scored 11 victories to this point this 12 months, placing him two shy of the file shared by Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher with six races remaining.
Verstappen opened up concerning the present feelings via the successful streak after his victory at Monza, saying it was “wonderful what we’re experiencing throughout the workforce.”
“We’re having a tremendous 12 months, and it is necessary to take pleasure in it as effectively,” mentioned Verstappen.
“I feel we have had numerous totally different challenges on totally different sorts of tracks and now the automotive actually appears to work at each observe. And yeah, we’re extraordinarily happy.”
Max Verstappen, Purple Bull Racing, 1st place, celebrates along with his workforce in Parc Ferme
Photograph by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Pictures
The benefit with which Verstappen has swept in direction of the title in 2022 is in stark distinction to his maiden championship win final 12 months, which was claimed on the final lap after a fraught, season-long battle towards Lewis Hamilton.
Purple Bull workforce boss Christian Horner beforehand mentioned there was “not one ounce” of him that wished Ferrari had put up a better battle, given the pressures of the 2021 title battle.
Verstappen has began no increased than seventh on the grid previously three races, however every time as recovered to maintain his successful streak going after Purple Bull pulled away from Ferrari’s stage of efficiency.
The Dutchman mentioned the present interval of success was much like his closing 12 months in go-karting, however that repeating it in F1 was “very totally different when it comes to emotions.”
“On the time, your objective is Components 1, so after all you are having fun with what you are attaining, however you additionally assume there’s such a great distance nonetheless left earlier than you get to Components 1,” mentioned Verstappen.
“So it is a bit of a special wave of pleasure and what you are feeling. However that closing 12 months in go-karting was good too.”
Ought to Verstappen wrap up the championship in Singapore with 5 races remaining, it might be the earliest coronation since Michael Schumacher in 2002, who clinched the title with a file six races to go.