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Verstappen's record career won't stop
At just 26 years old, the dutchman already holds an impressive array of records, with many more likely to come.
Jun 27, 2024 at 10:05 PM

Max Verstappen: A Record-Breaking Journey in Formula 1

Word of his talent preceded his actual racing times, yet, Max Verstappen has emerged as one of the most dynamic and successful drivers in Formula 1, showcasing a blend of skill, precision, and relentless determination. Since his debut, Verstappen has consistently pushed the boundaries of what is possible on the track, amassing an impressive array of records and statistics that underline his status as one of the sport’s greatest talents.

Early Career and Rapid Rise
Max Verstappen made his Formula 1 debut in the 2015 Australian Grand Prix at the tender age of 17, driving for Scuderia Toro Rosso. This debut made him the youngest driver to ever compete in a Formula 1 race, a testament to his precocious talent and the faith placed in him by his team. His early performances were marked by a fearless driving style and a natural aptitude for racing, quickly earning him a reputation as a future star.

Youngest Race Winner
One of Verstappen’s most notable achievements came in 2016 when he secured his first Grand Prix victory at the Spanish Grand Prix. At just 18 years and 228 days old, he became the youngest race winner in Formula 1 history, breaking the previous record held by Sebastian Vettel. This victory not only highlighted his raw talent but also his ability to handle pressure and compete against more experienced drivers.

Consistent Podium Finisher
Since his first win, Verstappen has been a consistent presence on the podium. As of 2024, he has accumulated over 90 podium finishes, a remarkable feat considering his relatively short career span. His ability to consistently finish in the top three has been a key factor in his success and a testament to his driving skill and the competitiveness of his Red Bull Racing team.

World Championships
Verstappen's crowning achievement came in 2021 when he won his first World Championship in a dramatic and controversial season finale in Abu Dhabi. This victory marked a significant milestone in his career, solidifying his place among the sport’s elite. He followed this up with subsequent championships in 2022 and 2023, demonstrating his dominance and ability to maintain peak performance over multiple seasons.

Pole Positions and Fastest Laps
In addition to race wins and podiums, Verstappen has also excelled in securing pole positions and fastest laps. As of 2024, he has secured over 30 pole positions and 25 fastest laps. His qualifying performances have often set the stage for his race-day successes, showcasing his ability to extract maximum performance from his car in a single lap.

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Record-Breaking Performances

Max Verstappen holds several records in Formula 1, including:

  • Youngest to race in Formula 1 at 17 years and 166 days of age.
  • Youngest points scorer by finishing seventh at the 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix.
  • Youngest Grand Prix winner when he won the 2016 Spanish GP. 
  • Most overtakes in an F1 season when in 2016 Verstappen overtook a competitor no less than 78 times.
  • Most wins in a single season when he accumulated 19 victories in 2023. 
  • Most podiums in a single season with 21 in 2023.
  • Most consecutive wins in a season 10 consecutive race wins in 2023, breaking the previous record of 9 held by Sebastian Vettel.
  • Highest points in a single season when he finished 2024 season with a tally of 575 points, representing 92.74% of the maximum possible. 

Memorable Races:

  • Brazilian Grand Prix 2016: Verstappen's drive in the wet conditions at Interlagos is often cited as one of the greatest in F1 history. He climbed from 16th to 3rd in just 16 laps, showcasing his exceptional car control and racecraft.
  • Austrian Grand Prix 2019: Verstappen's victory here was notable for his aggressive yet clean overtake on Charles Leclerc in the closing stages, demonstrating his fearless approach and race-winning instincts.
  • 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: The race that secured his first World Championship. Verstappen overtook Lewis Hamilton on the final lap in a dramatic and highly controversial finish, cementing his place in F1 history.


A Legacy in the Making
Max Verstappen's career is a testament to his extraordinary talent, hard work, and dedication. His achievements at such a young age have already cemented his legacy in Formula 1, and he continues to push the boundaries, setting new records and inspiring the next generation of drivers. As he continues to compete, fans and analysts alike eagerly anticipate what new milestones he will achieve in the coming years. As of the Spanish GP of 2024 (which he won), he has achieved 61 victories at still the tender age of 26 years old. Surely, there are more to come. 

Max Verstappen's stats and records paint the picture of a driver who is not only one of the best of his generation but also one who has the potential to be remembered as one of the greatest in history, if not the very best, of Formula 1. His journey is far from over, and the motorsport world watches with bated breath as he continues to make history on the track.