Max Verstappen in 2023
Verstappen is currently on track for his third World Championship in as many years and has broken many records in the hunt for it. The Dutchman has recently won 10 races in a row, thus surpassing Sebastian Vettel’s record, which was also set with the Red Bull team.
With the success on the track, media attention has been focussed on Verstappen, but this hasn’t affected the way that the Red Bull driver has approached his season as he looks to tie up his third world title as soon as possible.
Max Verstappen biography
The Dutchman’s success in karting and single-seater racing handed him his drive in Formula 1 and allowed him to become the youngest-ever driver in the sport. In his debut season, he scored multiple point finishes driving for Toro Rosso.
Just four races into his second season in F1, he was promoted to Red Bull, and the rest is history. Two World Championships and counting, Verstappen is hunting down more records.
Two-time World Champion
The Dutchman’s switch from Toro Rosso to Red Bull didn’t take long, as the team was in a period of limbo with their drivers, but when it was completed, it was clear it was the right choice. In his opening race for the team in Barcelona, Verstappen conquered the grid and took his first race victory of his career. By doing so, he moved ahead of Sebastian Vettel as the youngest driver to win an F1 Grand Prix at 18 years and 228 days old.
Verstappen won just nine races across the next four seasons as Mercedes continued to dominate, but in 2021, his goal of becoming an F1 World Champion became a reality in Abu Dhabi. Fans see it as potentially one of the most controversial races in the sport's history, but Red Bull and Verstappen will see it as the day he conquered the world.
Wind the clock forward a year, and it moved from one to two. Verstappen and Red Bull dominated and won both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship in the same season, showcasing the hard work and dedication of the drivers’ and staff. With how this season is going, it seems like a repeat is on the cards for sure.
Record Breaker Verstappen
On the 3rd of September, he etched his name into the history books as he became the first driver ever to win 10 Grands Prix in a row. The Dutchman stole the record from Vettel when he was driving for the Austrian team. The potential for more Verstappen records is almost endless.
Max Verstappen popularity
Verstappen is one of the most popular drivers on the grid, certainly in his home country of the Netherlands. The Dutch Grand Prix was added to the calendar in recent years because of Verstappen. He is the face of the future for the sport but also has gained popularity due to his friendship with the rest of the ‘golden generation’ of F1. He regularly livestreams and plays simulator games, allowing him to draw in an online audience and add to his ever-growing fanbase.
What is Max Verstappen's greatest strength as an F1 driver?
It’s hard to pick and choose Verstappen’s strengths on track because he has so many. However, his sheer pace in the Red Bull is the immediate one that can’t be ignored. He has been able to draw the absolute maximum out of his car, and the results back it up. His guts, determination and general skill behind the wheel are something that has propelled him to the top of the sport.