F1: At the age of 25 Verstappen already 20 wins ahead of Hamilton

Max Verstappen dominated the Mexican GP Sunday to take a 14th victory of 2022 and in doing so, set a new record for single season wins, breaking a tie at 13 with Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel.

With two races remaining in the 2022 season, should Verstappen win out, he would end the season with 16 wins and 2 or more Sprint Race victories.

He is driving with such confidence and near-perfection that he has become an almost unstoppable force.

“Another great race,” Verstappen said. “We knew that that first stint was going to be the crucial one for us, to keep that soft tire alive long enough. It seemed to work. I did struggle a bit towards the end but luckily the gap was big enough to extend a few laps, and once we put on the medium tires everything was working quite well.

“Quite early on we figured we could make it to the end, so another great race, but it’s just an incredible season for us as a team. I never thought I’d be able to win 14 races in a year, but of course I’m incredibly proud.”

Such is Verstappen’s win rate since coming into F1, he is already 20 wins ahead of Lewis Hamilton at the age of 25, and he does not turn 26 until next September 30th.

Hence, he might be as much as 30 wins ahead of Hamilton before he turns 26.

This has the bias British F1 media and their fans pulling their hair out – the very thought that someone may destroy all of their beloved Lewis Hamilton records.

They are so worried, you have British journalists like Ted Kravitz trying to discredit Max Verstappen’s wins and championships.

Can Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team respond?

If 2022 has proven anything, it’s that without the best car, Lewis Hamilton can’t win a race.

So Mercedes is going to have to again produce an unbeatable car in 2023 if Hamilton wants to delay the inevitable.

In the 20th round, he also broke the record for most points in a single season, and says it highlights just how strong Red Bull has been.

“We have a sprint race in Brazil so hopefully we can score a few more! But it’s not about that. At the end of the day it’s all about trying to win the championship and it doesn’t matter how many points you do it with. But it does show that we are having an incredible year.”

“I don’t know, I was never really interest in stats; I just live in the moment. I just try to do the best I can every single weekend. I try to win the races, and that, for me, is the most important thing. Every single weekend if I can go home and say to myself that I maximized or close to that, then I’m happy.

“But of course a lot in Formula 1 relies on your package and we have a great package. I’m just enjoying the moment and I’m not that interested in keeping in touch with every stat. Of course it is an amazing stat and I’m very happy with winning so many races.”

Hamilton vs Verstappen Cumulative Win Record by Age

Age Hamilton Verstappen
18 0 1
19 0 3
20 0 5
21 0 8
22 4 10
23 9 20
24 11 31
25 14 34 and counting
26 17 TBD
27 21 TBD
28 22 TBD
29 33 TBD
30 43 TBD
31 53 TBD
32 62 TBD
33 73 TBD
34 84 TBD
35 95 TBD
36 103 TBD
37 103 TBD


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