Max Verstappen: The Formula 1 records broken, and what’s in his sights amid 2022 dominance

Charting Max Verstappen’s relentless race through the Formula 1 record books after his latest milestone in the Mexico City GP; Verstappen can still break records this season, while being on track for Lewis Hamilton’s…

Last updated: 08/11/22 5:33 PM


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Relive all 14 of Max Verstappen’s victories this season for Red Bull, breaking the previous record held by Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher.

Relive all 14 of Max Verstappen’s victories this season for Red Bull, breaking the previous record held by Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher.

Max Verstappen left his mark on the Formula 1 record books long before he became world champion.

The sport’s youngest driver, winner and podium sitter – all before he was 19 years old – the Dutchman could probably have had a pretty mediocre career and be safe with those milestones for a while longer.

But the man who insists he’s not interested in records has gone on to break more thanks to a remarkable 2022 season he dominated with two races to go.

And he may not be done with records yet.

Verstappen, now 24, has the chance for more history if the results go his way in Brazil and Abu Dhabi. And he’s also well on his way to more prestigious records in the future…

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Anthony Davidson talks about Max Verstappen’s incredible form this year as he became the first ever driver to win 14 races in a season.

Anthony Davidson talks about Max Verstappen’s incredible form this year as he became the first ever driver to win 14 races in a season.

The records Verstappen has already broken this year

Most wins in a season (14*)
An immense streak of eight wins from the last nine races (and 10 from the last 13) has seen Verstappen break this record, overhauling Michael Schumacher (2004) and Sebastian Vettel (2013) benchmarks of 13 with his 14th, and arguably most dominant, 2022 win at the Mexico City GP.

While there are admittedly more races now than in many previous seasons, Verstappen’s overall win rate this year (70 per cent) is better than Vettel’s, and only behind Schumacher and Alberto Ascari (1952) in F1 history.

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was happy to take a record 14th win of the season, while team-mate Sergio Perez was disappointed he couldn’t compete for the race win in front of his home fans.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was happy to take a record 14th win of the season, while team-mate Sergio Perez was disappointed he couldn’t compete for the race win in front of his home fans.

Most points (416*)
Lewis Hamilton did retain first and second in this category with his scores of 413 and 408 in 2019 and 2018 respectively. But Verstappen has now surpassed his rival with 416 points scored as early as 2022… despite two DNFs in the first three races.

Again, the number of races this year helps, as does the added points for Sprints, but Hamilton’s totals were made in 21 racing seasons and Verstappen has passed him by 20 laps.

*two more races to go in the 2022 season

The records that Verstappen can still achieve in 2022

Largest margin on championship win
Vettel currently holds the record for the largest championship win margin, beating Fernando Alonso in 2013 by 155 points.

Verstappen still has a chance of beating that in 2022, a championship he left behind five races into the season.

The Dutchman leads teammate Sergio Perez by 136 points with two rounds to go, and ever leader Charles Leclerc with 141 points.

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen drove to victory in Mexico, taking a record 14th win of the season.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen drove to victory in Mexico, taking a record 14th win of the season.

Most podiums
Verstappen actually already holds this record with his 18 from his first title-winning season in 2021, and he is on track to match it.

Verstappen has 16 podiums with two races to go, and you’d be brave to bet against him if he claims it in his current form.

The only times he finished off the podium in 2022 was through DNFs (Bahrain, Australia), and at Silverstone and Singapore.

The records Verstappen could break in the future

These records are all distant goals for Verstappen, but his age and speed put him on track.

Total wins
We never thought Schumacher’s record of 91 wins would be broken, but Hamilton broke that, so it would be unwise to say the Englishman’s total couldn’t be reached either.

Hamilton currently stands at 103 wins and could increase that total in the coming years, although Verstappen is at 34 and rising rapidly up the charts (already sixth in the all-time record books).

If he continues at, say, the pace of 2021 and 2022 – an average of 12 wins per season – Verstappen would be with Hamilton by the end of his current contract in 2028, when he would be just 31 years old.

That’s still a long, long way off, mind, of course.

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen stayed up front on the opening lap of the Mexico City Grand Prix, while Lewis Hamilton overtook Mercedes teammate George Russell for second.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen stayed up front on the opening lap of the Mexico City Grand Prix, while Lewis Hamilton overtook Mercedes teammate George Russell for second.

Most consecutive seasons with at least one win
The record Hamilton looks set to lose unless he can make 16 consecutive seasons with a win by winning the Sao Paulo or Abu Dhabi GP could be on Verstappen’s radar.

Despite Red Bull not always being competitive, Verstappen has won one race every season since his first with the team in 2016, putting him at seven so far.

Another nine – probably 15 ahead of Hamilton and Michael Schumacher – is certainly not out of the question.

Total Career Points
A more complicated one to decipher, but Verstappen is already fourth in the standings in this metric, with 1973.5 points. Hamilton leads with 4381.5 and, as previously mentioned, will remain in F1 for a few more years.

But as an example, 10 seasons with 300 points, which does not seem impossible at all, would probably put Verstappen ahead.

Most Consecutive Championships
Let’s not get too far ahead of things with this, as Verstappen has only just become a two-time world champion, but Red Bull’s great car this year should get them in top shape by 2023.

Only four drivers have ever won more than two consecutive titles, with the record holder being Schumacher (five from 2000 to 2004), followed by Juan Manuel Fangio (four from 1954 to 1957, Vettel (2010 to 2013) and Hamilton (2017 to 2020).