Verstappen wins 11th race of season, two shy of all-time record

Currently, the record is jointly held by two German drivers, Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel.

Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium after winning the Italian Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium after winning the Italian Grand Prix. | Photo Credit: REUTERS

Currently, the record is jointly held by two German drivers, Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel.

Max Verstappen sealed his 11th race win of the 2022/23 Formula 1 season at the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday.

With six races left in the season, the Dutch driver looks set to equal, and even better, the record for most number of wins in a single season - 13.

Currently, the record is jointly held by two German drivers, Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel. While Schumacher set the record in the 2004 season, Vettel equalled the feat nine years later in 2013.

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Schumacher’s 13 wins came in a season with 18 races, while Vettel notched up his wins in a 19-race season.

Most wins in a single season
Michael Schumacher - 13 wins in 2004
Sebastian Vettel - 13 wins in 2013
Lewis Hamilton - 11 wins in 2013, 2018, 2019 and 2020
Sebastian Vettel - 11 wins in 2011
Max Verstappen - 11 wins in 2022*

Though Verstappen has more races to equal or breeze past the record, it does not dilute the feat he might achieve. He has already bettered his performance from last season, when he won 10 races on his way to the title.

Verstappen now stands level with Hamilton, at 11, for most wins in a single season.

With the win at Italian GP, Verstappen’s points tally for the season stands at 335 points, 116 points more than second-placed Charles Leclerc.

Vertappen would also have his eyes on another record. After Sunday’s race win, the Dutch driver has won five consecutive races this season. The record for most consecutive wins - 9 - is held by Vettel. Given his form, Verstappen has a crack at this record, too.

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