60 victories for Verstappen… A look back at his most notable successes

During the Canadian Grand Prix, Max Verstappen scored his 60th career victory. A look back at the Dutchman’s greatest victories.

Published on 12/06/2024 à 16:10

Yannis Duval

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60 victories for Verstappen… A look back at his most notable successes

60 victories for Verstappen at 26 years old. ©DPPI

1st victory: Barcelona 2016

For a first victory, you can hardly do better. He was only 18 years, 7 months and 15 days old that day, making him the youngest winner in the history of the Formula 1. A record which will probably never be broken.

While Daniil Kvyat is having a nightmarish start to the season at Red Bull, the Russian is demoted to Toro Rosso with immediate effect after hitting twice Sebastian Vettel during the Russian Grand Prix. He is replaced within the parent team by Max Verstappen, a young driver from the Red Bull academy and son of former Formula 1 driver, Jos Verstappen.

For his first Grand Prix with his new team, the young Dutchman is not doing well: 4th in qualifying, just behind Daniel Ricciardo, his teammate, and the untouchables Mercedes by Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. At the start, the two Silver Arrows knock each other out; the Red Bulls are then first and second. On the 12th lap, Ricciardo returned to the pits and Verstappen therefore became the first Dutchman in history to lead a Grand Prix.

In this race, the Australian is on a three-stop strategy (just like Sebastian Vettel). His newly promoted teammate will opt for two stops. Paid choice. The Dutchman is no longer under threat from his two competitors, all he has to do is manage Kimi Räikkönen who is on the same strategy as him. The Finn will be very pressing on several occasions, but Verstappen, at the age of 18, will not flinch and will win for the first time in his career.

“I can't believe it... It was a great race, explained Verstappen at the end of the Grand Prix. I have to thank the whole team who gave me an excellent car. I must admit that the last few laps felt like an endurance race. I would have to manage my tires, it was slipping a lot, and in the end I told myself that I should no longer look at the rankings on the giant screens at the circuit. »

Verstappen Spain 2016

In the spotlight at only 18 years old. ©DPPI

20th victory: Abu Dhabi 2021

This victory brought Max Verstappen's career into a new era. His 2021 season was decided in the very last lap of the last Grand Prix of the season, on the Yas Marina circuit. The Dutchman has been struggling all season with Lewis Hamilton. Victories, clashes, drama, penalties…

The two competitors for the drivers' title arrive in Abu Dhabi with exactly the same number of points. It's simple, whoever finishes ahead of the other wins the championship. The pressure is at its peak.

Max Verstappen is dominated all weekend by Lewis Hamilton. He may give 110% in his car but there is nothing to do, the Mercedes is just faster. The seven-time world champion is heading for an eighth career title. And then, a helping hand from destiny. Nicholas latifi made…by Nicholas Latifi. On the 52nd lap, the Canadian triggered a Safety Car which would change everything.

Hamilton is in the lead on worn hard tires and Verstappen is second on nice new soft tires. However, the two men are separated by five latecomers under Safety Car regime, the circus begins: Michael Masi, at the time race director, will authorize the latecomers to recover their lap but will not wait for them to rejoin at new to the group, which is against the rules.

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen are one behind the other, the green flag is waving. With his old tires, the Briton can do nothing against the Dutchman's soft tires. In a final, legendary lap, he achieved the unthinkable and became, for the first time in his career, Formula 1 world champion.

29th victory: Belgium 2022

This victory is without a doubt the exact definition of the word domination. Max Verstappen will achieve, without any problem, pole position on Saturday (0″632 ahead of Carlos Sainz, 2nd). However, the Dutchman must start from 14th position as he receives a penalty for an engine change. He doesn't care, and decides to activate steamroller mode.

At the start, he takes no risk in attempting an overly optimistic maneuver. He knows what his car is capable of and will simply drop all his opponents using his engine and DRS on the Kemell Straight. On the 12th lap, the Red Bull driver overtook his teammate and took the lead of the race.

The rest of the race will be about management as Verstappen dominates the debates. He will easily win ahead of Sergio Pérez, who started from 2nd position. That day, Max reminded everyone how Super… Max he was.

47th victory: Italy 2023

The victory at Monza is surely the one that best symbolizes his 2023 season, a season where Max Verstappen crushed all records. And on the lands of Ferrari, the Dutchman beat a particularly difficult one to get.

Before starting the weekend in Italy, Verstappen is coming off a sparkling victory at home in the Netherlands. With this victory, he equals Sebastian Vettel's record of nine consecutive victories. At the temple of speed, the objective is clear, to win the race and write his name even further in the history books.

However, the race was not easy since the Ferraris, who were racing at home, gave him a hard time. In qualifying, Carlos Sainz created the feat and took pole position, just ahead of the Dutchman. It took 15 laps for the Spaniard to give in under the pressure of the double world champion. The Italian single-seaters have pace but are fighting among themselves, leaving Verstappen the luxury of quietly flying towards a tenth consecutive success.

« I never thought this was possible (make ten victories in a row, Editor’s note) but we had to work for it today, and it made the race even more fun. We had good pace, we were good on the tires but the Ferraris had a very good top speed. It was difficult to get close and you had to hope for a mistake. I had to force Carlos to make a mistake and he blocked, which gave me better traction coming out of turn 2. And from there we were able to do our own race. I tried to stay patient, the race was long, I could see he was having problems with the rear tires so I had to choose my moment. »

10 wins! ©DPPI

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