Verstappen on the cusp of tasting glory once more

He’s additionally on observe to beat the report of most wins in a season held by Schumacher and Vettel

He’s additionally on observe to beat the report of most wins in a season held by Schumacher and Vettel

Max Verstappen shall be chasing historical past on the Singapore Grand Prix as he may have the possibility to safe his second world driver’s title this weekend on the Marina Bay Avenue Circuit.

The reigning champion, who turns 25 on Friday, can cap his birthday weekend in type if he joins an elite checklist of solely 16 drivers who’ve received a number of titles.

Useful lead

The Purple Bull driver has a lead of 116 factors over nearest rival Charles Leclerc of Ferrari and can want a 138-point lead on the finish of Sunday over the pursuing pack to depart Singapore as a double World champion.

To seal the title underneath glittering lights on the place that birthed the primary night time race in F1 historical past, Verstappen must do one thing he has not completed earlier than — win the Singapore GP and hope his rivals have a poor weekend.

Whereas the second title is an nearly foregone conclusion — barring an uncommon set of jeopardies over the following six races — to seal it this weekend Verstappen must outscore his foremost rival Leclerc by 22 factors, by 13 over teammate Sergio Perez and 6 factors over George Russell. Additionally, he wants to make sure Carlos Sainz doesn’t outscore him by 11 factors.

Successful streak

Although his maiden title in 2021 got here underneath controversial circumstances on the Abu Dhabi GP final yr, Verstappen’s second title is ready to be one with none such asterisks connected to it.

The 24-year-old is on a five-race profitable streak, having received 11 races this yr already. He’s on observe to beat the report of most wins in a season — 13 by Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel.

As an example how dominant he has been this yr, in races he has accomplished this yr, he has completed exterior the rostrum solely as soon as — the British GP — attributable to circumstances past his management as his automobile collected particles which affected its efficiency.

After new guidelines have been launched firstly of the yr, Verstappen took time to get used to the brand new era of vehicles, along with his teammate Perez matching him in efficiency.

Nonetheless, Verstappen has been progressively capable of extract the next degree of efficiency from the machine.

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