Max Verstappen can ascend to as excessive as sixth place on the all-time Method 1 wins listing, and he’s solely in his age 24 season.
Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen seems to be properly on his approach to profitable a second consecutive Method 1 world championship, as he has earned eight wins within the 2022 season’s first 13 races and leads Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc by 80 factors within the driver standings.
Verstappen’s success has resulted in him passing 9 drivers on the all-time Method 1 wins listing already this yr, and there’s a probability that he can go two extra.
The 24-year-old Dutchman entered the yr tied with two-time world champion Mika Hakkinen for sixteenth place on the listing with 20. Now at 28, he has since handed Hakkinen and eight others.
He handed 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen (21), 1996 world champion Damon Hill (22), 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg (23), three-time world champion Nelson Piquet (23), five-time world champion Juan Manuel Fangio (24), three-time world champion Niki Lauda (25), two-time world champion Jim Clark (25), and three-time world champion Jackie Stewart (27).
With 9 races remaining on the 2022 calendar, he may nonetheless go 1992 world champion Nigel Mansell (31) and two-time world champion Fernando Alonso (32).
Passing Alonso would take a 13-win season, one thing that has solely ever been pulled off by seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher (2004) and four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel (2013).
However Verstappen is on tempo to do it; he has gained no fewer than 5 races throughout any nine-race span this yr.
The truth that he has a respectable probability to tug this off in a season throughout which Pink Bull have had the second quickest automotive (or, on the very least, an equally quick automotive) to Ferrari makes it much more spectacular.
Passing Alonso would put Verstappen sixth on the all-time wins listing, trailing solely seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton (103), Schumacher (91), Vettel (53), four-time world champion Alain Prost (51), and three-time world champion Ayrton Senna (41).
This might additionally arrange a novel situation by which 4 of Method 1’s seven winningest drivers of all-time are competing in the identical season, since Hamilton, Vettel, and Alonso nonetheless compete. Vettel is about to retire on the finish of the season.