The all-time Components 1 information Verstappen can break in his dominant title run · RaceFans

What started as an in depth battle between Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc for this 12 months’s world championship has was nothing lower than a rout by the Crimson Bull driver.

Verstappen is now to date forward he might clinch the championship on the subsequent spherical in Singapore, with 5 races nonetheless to go. And whereas accumulating his second title Verstappen additionally has a powerful likelihood of surpassing just a few notable F1 information.

It’s a far cry from the scenario final 12 months, when the title combat went right down to the ultimate race of the season. As an alternative of questioning who would possibly take the title, because the final rounds of 2022 method the query is simply how crushing will Verstappen’s inevitable victory be?

Most factors

*Didn’t win championship

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Yas Marina, 2019
Hamilton hit a document 413 factors on his approach to 2019 title

With the intention to break the document for essentially the most factors ever scored by a driver in a single season, Verstappen must take barely greater than half of the out there factors over the ultimate six rounds. That’s actually inside his grasp: He’s scored 127 out of a doable 130 factors during the last 5 races, lacking just a few quickest lap bonus factors.

The document for many factors scored in a season is at the moment held by Lewis Hamilton. He racked up 413 factors over a 21-race season in 2019, which is one spherical fewer than this 12 months. Verstappen additionally has the benefit of three dash races to attain extra factors at and he’s already claimed the utmost factors for the 2 held to date, with yet another to observe in Brazil.

However the 2023 F1 calendar appears to be like more likely to comprise 24 races and the collection is trying so as to add three extra dash occasions, that means much more factors can be on supply subsequent 12 months. Verstappen may not be capable to crack the five hundred barrier this season – an ideal run over the ultimate half-dozen rounds would see him end on 499 – however that focus on is unquestionably not far off.

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Largest successful margin

Vettel gained the 2013 title by 155 factors from Alonso

Over the primary six many years the worth of a win rose from eight factors to 9 and at last 10. Then in 2010 it shot as much as 25, that means far greater factors hauls and successful margins grew to become doable.

Sebastian Vettel achieved essentially the most emphatic title win by way of uncooked factors in 2013, a season which had a lot in frequent with this one. It received off to a aggressive begin: Vettel was one among 4 drivers to win within the first six races. However after the summer time break Crimson Bull dominated and Vettel was by no means crushed.

Throughout that point Vettel prolonged his lead from 28 factors to 155 over eventual runner-up finisher Fernando Alonso. Now Verstappen, 116 factors to the nice over Charles Leclerc, has a critical likelihood of enhancing on that. Not simply due to the speed with which Verstappen has picked up wins, however Leclerc has solely taken two podium finishes from his final 5 begins.

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Most wins in a season

Michael Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello, Ferrari, Suzuka 2004
Schumacher’s document of 13 wins in a season is inside attain

Michael Schumacher pushed the document for many wins in a single season as excessive as 13 again in 2004, again when the calendar was 18 races lengthy. With 22 races happening this 12 months, Verstappen clearly has likelihood of beating that, however he can equal Schumacher’s feat of successful 13 out of 18 races if he takes victory within the subsequent two.

Most quickest laps in a season

Verstappen might additionally take the document for many quickest laps in a single season, but it surely’s a tricky ask. He has 5 already, essentially the most of any driver this 12 months, however wants to brush the remaining six to beat the document.

With different drivers out to say the bonus level that comes with it, this document appears to be like more likely to stay within the palms of Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen, who managed 10 quickest laps every. Schumacher established the document in 2004 whereas Raikkonen matched it in 2005 and 2008 – unusually, neither of which was the 12 months during which he gained the world championship.

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Longest successful streak

Alberto Ascari, Ferrari, Nurburgring Nordschelife, 1952
Ascari was the primary driver to win 9 races in a row

It took six many years for anybody to match Alberto Ascari’s achievement of successful 9 races in a row. The Ferrari driver was undefeated in each race he entered from the 1952 Belgian Grand Prix till the identical race a 12 months later, having not entered the Indianapolis 500 which occured throughout the identical interval and counted for the world championship.

Lastly in 2013 Vettel entered and gained 9 consecutive rounds, tying Ascari’s document. That triumph introduced F1’s V8 engine period to an in depth. When the sector reassembled at first of the V6 hybrid turbo period, Vettel’s newest Crimson Bull was not the menace its predecessor had been, and he ended the season win-less.

At this time Crimson Bull are again on high and Verstappen has a powerful likelihood of matching and exceeding the information of Ascari and Vettel. For proof of that, take a look at the place he’s taken his final 5 wins from. Only one was scored from pole place, the others have come from as far down the grid as seventh tenth and 14th. He’s already gained from seven totally different beginning positions this 12 months – a document in itself.

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Earliest win document out of attain

Solely Schumacher has gained the title as early as July

One vital document which is already out of Verstappen’s attain for this 12 months is the earliest conclusion to a championship. Schumacher’s feat of locking down the crown earlier than August stays the usual.

20 years in the past, Schumacher gained the world championship on July twenty first. This was the earliest conclusion to the title each by date and by way of races remaining: There have been nonetheless six rounds to go.

Over to you

Which of those information do you assume Verstappen has a sensible likelihood of beating? What does his dominance say about his and Crimson Bull’s efficiency this 12 months? Have your say within the feedback.

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