SPORT Max makes it three: another record-breaking season for Verstappen

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The Edge looks back at an unforgettable year for the three-time Formula 1 world champion.

In what is turning out to be his best season yet, Max Verstappen sealed his third drivers’ title in the Qatar Grand Prix sprint race on 7 October. Verstappen finished second in the sprint race, and then won the Grand Prix on race day, to put the championship out of reach with six races remaining. Proof that it has been a season of sheer greatness. Since Verstappen’s incredible year (which, we repeat, isn’t even over yet) has been filled with records and milestones, let’s take a look at his season in numbers.

  • LUSAIL CITY, QATAR - OCTOBER 07: 2023 F1 World Drivers Champion Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing celebrates on his car in parc ferme after the Sprint ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Qatar at Lusail International Circuit on October 07, 2023 in Lusail City, Qatar. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Max Verstappen’s 2023 season in numbers

3 – Verstappen has won his third world championship.

6 – He seized the title in the Qatar sprint race with 6 Grands Prix remaining, equalling the record from 2002.

8 – Verstappen has recorded 8 fastest laps this season.

10 – He seized 10 pole positions.

10 – Verstappen produced a record-breaking run of 10 consecutive race wins, from the Miami Grand Prix in May to the Italian Grand Prix in September.

11 – He is the 11th driver to win the title three times or more, and only the 5th to do so in successive years.

13 – He has won a mind bending 13 out of 16 races this season. He finished second twice, and fifth at the Singapore Grand Prix.

14 – Verstappen won for the 14th consecutive time when starting from pole, the longest streak in F1 history.

24 – Verstappen has now won on 24 different circuits in his F1 career.

48 – Verstappen’s career win total ranks 5th in Formula 1 history. He overtook the great Ayrton Senna this season and has the chance to climb to 4th or even 3rd by the end of 2023.

200 – Verstappen now leads the drivers’ championship by over 200 points. The largest winning margin ever at the end of a season is 155 points in 2013.

407 – Verstappen’s current points tally.

These staggering statistics are a reminder of Verstappen’s unique talent. It’s been a joy watching him lift trophy after trophy, with the TAG Heuer Monaco Chronograph on his wrist. Here’s to many more podiums and even greater records, Max!