Formula 1: Every legend Max Verstappen can surpass in 2023

Max Verstappen, Formula 1 (Photo by Ayman Yaqoob/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Max Verstappen, Formula 1 (Photo by Ayman Yaqoob/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) /

Max Verstappen opened up the 2023 Formula 1 season with the 36th victory of his career and his 16th victory since the start of last year. How far up the wins list can he climb this year?

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen earned his 10th win in the last 12 Formula 1 races two Sundays at Bahrain International Circuit, winning the Bahrain Grand Prix for the first time in his career to open up a season on top of the podium for the first time in his career,

The win was the 36th victory of the 25-year-old Dutchman’s career, which is good for sixth place on the all-time wins list.

After the race, Mercedes’ George Russell, who finished in seventh place, stated that he feels Red Bull and the RB19 are going to win all 23 races on the 2023 schedule, given the performance they showed in Bahrain.

Ironically, the opening race weekend of the 2023 Formula 1 season was one in which many believed the Red Bull wasn’t even as good as it could have been.

Last year in the RB18, Verstappen broke the all-time single season record with 15 victories. The previous record had been shared by Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel, who won 13 races in 2004 and 2013, respectively.

While there is also teammate Sergio Perez to consider, the prospect of Red Bull winning every race, or even nearly every race, should bode quite well for Verstappen, who has won 26 races to Perez’s three since the two became teammates in 2021.

Verstappen began last season with 20 career wins, good for a 16th place tie on the all-time wins list, and passed 11 drivers to end up in sixth. With 22 races remaining on this year’s schedule, he could end up as high as third by the time the season ends.

Next up on the list is Ayrton Senna in fifth place. Senna, a three-time world champion, won 41 races before he was killed in a wreck at Imola in 1994.

Four-time world champion Alain Prost ranks fourth with 51 wins, and just ahead of him is four-time world champion Vettel with 53.

Catching and surpassing Prost — and potentially Vettel — would require another record-breaking season from Verstappen. But it is mathematically possible, and if he is able to pull it off, he would enter the offseason trailing only seven-time world champions Lewis Hamilton (103) and Schumacher (91) on the all-time wins list.

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Verstappen is set to try for his 37th career Formula 1 victory in the second race of the 2023 season, the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. This race is scheduled to take place on Sunday, March 19, and it is set to be broadcast live from Jeddah Corniche Circuit on ESPN beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET. Don’t miss your chance to start a free trial of FuboTV now!