MONACO – Red Bull Racing driver, Max Verstappen, has not stopped breaking record after record in every season of his F1 career. This time, he broke another record after F1 2023 ended last weekend at the Abu Dhabi GP.
Reporting from F1’s official Instagram, @f1, on Friday (1/12/2023), Verstappen managed to lead 1003 laps throughout the 2023 season. This figure makes him the first racer in history to lead more than 1000 laps in one season of the best land jet racing. in that world.
The Dutch star far surpassed the record previously held by Sebastian Vettel in 2011. At that time, Vettel set a record for leading the most laps in one season at 739 laps.
Meanwhile, in third place is the name Nigel Mansell, who led 694 laps in the 1992 season. Then, Vettel is also in fourth place in the history of F1 lap leaders, with a score of 684 laps in 2013, just one lap ahead of the legend, Michael Schumacher, in 2004.
The extraordinary record recorded by Verstappen cannot be separated from the sensational performance he has shown this season. He managed to become F1 champion in 2023 with 19 wins from 22 series.
The record of 19 wins is also the record for the most wins in one F1 season. The 26 year old racer broke his own record which was previously at number 15 in the 2022 season.
Apart from that, there was another great record broken by Verstappen this season. He managed to record 10 consecutive wins, which had previously never happened in F1 history, by surpassing Vettel’s record of nine consecutive wins with Red Bull in 2013.
Of course, it will be interesting to wait and see what other records Verstappen will break in F1 2024. If he can still appear consistent, of course he has a big chance of defending his title, which will make him world champion four times in a row since he first won it in the 2021 edition.