Max Verstappen had a dominant 2023 campaign, smashing multiple records on his way to his third World Championship in a row.
Let’s take a look at some of the standout records that the Dutch driver now holds.
Let’s start with the race win records that Max Verstappen broke during the season and these include, the most consecutive wins, the only driver to win three times in one country in a single season and the most wins from Pole Position.
However, the most impressive stat has to be the record for most wins in a season, a record that Verstappen held from the 2022 season. That record stood at 15 wins, 2 more than what Sebastian Vettel achieved in 2013 and what Michael Schumacher was able to do in 2004.
Verstappen obliterated that record in 2023, taking 19 wins from the 22 races to give himself a win percentage of 86.36%. The only races he didn’t take victory in were Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan, which was won by team-mate Sergio Perez, with Carlos Sainz taking the win in Singapore.
To further assert his dominance, his wins didn’t just come about with some lucky late safety cars and penalties for other drivers. He led over 1000 laps last season, 1003 in total. This destroys the record held by Sebastian Vettel, which was 739 laps.
His is unsurprisingly also now has the record for highest percentage of laps led in a season, 75.54% in fact. This took the record away from Jim Clark’s amazing 1963 season.
Verstappen even had time to show off by equaling the record for most pitstops by the winning driver in one race. His six-stop race at the Dutch Grand Prix drew him level with that of Jenson Button during that dramatic 2011 Canadian Grand Prix.
Verstappen also now has the record for most points between first and second, with a 290 point gap between himself and Sergio Perez as well as the record for most consecutive points scored.
That record was held by Lewis Hamilton, who scored 998 consecutive points from the 2018 British Grand Prix to the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix, when he was forced to miss the Sakhir Grand Prix and was replaced by George Russell.
Verstappen scored 1004 consecutive points with that record still ongoing.
All these records just add to Verstappen’s collection so far, which are youngest driver to start a race, youngest to score points, youngest to win a race, youngest to score a podium, youngest to lead a lap, youngest to set a fastest lap and youngest to score a grand slam.
He also holds the record for most sprint wins, with seven and has the potential to extend that further with another six scheduled for 2024.