Verstappen on the edge of cornering glory once more

Having already received 11 races this yr, he’s on monitor to beat the file for many wins in a season (13) held by the legendary Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel

Having already received 11 races this yr, he’s on monitor to beat the file for many wins in a season (13) held by the legendary Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel

Max Verstappen will probably be chasing historical past on the Singapore Grand Prix, the possibility to safe his second World drivers’ 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 listing of solely 16 drivers who’ve received a number of titles.

Useful lead

The Pink 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 below the glittering lights on the place that birthed the primary night time race in F1 historical past, Verstappen must do one thing he has not finished 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 subsequent 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.

Although his maiden title in 2021 got here below 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.

Profitable streak

The 24-year-old is on a five-race profitable streak, having received 11 races this yr already.

He’s on monitor to beat the file of most wins in a season — 13 by Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel.

For example how dominant he has been this yr, in races he has accomplished, he has completed outdoors the rostrum solely as soon as — the British GP — as a result of circumstances past his management, his automotive having collected particles which affected its efficiency.

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

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

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