ANDYou are nearing your 25th birthday (September 30) and at this young age you are already a veteran. It is what has the precocity. Max Verstappen
F1 2022: Max Verstappen has the F1 title on a silver platter
ANDYou are nearing your 25th birthday (September 30) and at this young age you are already a veteran. It is what has the precocity. Max Verstappen I started very young and, little by little, It grew until it became the current dominator of the F1 World Cup.
Until last year he had won 10 races. But from the last season he reached a level that has placed him above all. In 2021 add 10 victories (and 18 podiums), and ended up winning the championship at the last round in Abu Dhabi. Let Lewis Hamilton no eighth crown.
But this course has even improved. It seemed very complicated, but he has reached a maturity that has given him having already participated in 154 grand prizes. And besides, now he always runs to win or get on the podium. He is even capable of starting 10 and ending up imposing himself on his opponents, just as he did in Hungary.
The World Cup has it very well on track. Get 80 points to Charles Leclerc (258 points for the Dutch against 178 for the second classified) when there are only nine tests left for the end of the campaign. No one in history had enjoyed such an advantage at this stage of the competition. And to find a comeback with such an advantage, one would have to search the history books. The only precedent dates from 1976, James Hunt was able to snatch the crown from Niki Lauda in a feat worthy of a movie (they filmed for a reason ‘Rush’). The British was situated 98 points of the Austrian, but in the end Hunt prevailed by a very tight margin (69 points against 68).
stronger in the race
Be that as it may, there are several factors that greatly benefit Verstappen so that his second F1 title does not escape him. Ferrari is being very strong in qualifying (eight poles for the ‘Scuderia’ compared to four for the energetic), but on Sundays they are being dominated by those from Milton Keynes. Verstappen has won eight races and Checo Prez one. Those nine clearly exceed the four wins of the Italian team (three carried the signature of Leclerc and one was the work of sainz). And in podiums Christian Horner’s pupils also win: 16 to 11. On top of that, the team led by Mattia Binotto is experiencing reliability issues. Are seven dropouts that have led to their respective painful zeros. In Red Bull there have been five KO’s (Verstappen suffered two of them.)
The Dutchman, fist raised, celebrates a victory. / RED BULL
And above ‘wake up’ Mercedes
On the other hand, the current champion is favored by Mercedes have ‘awakened’. “It’s good that they are competitive… so they can steal more points from Ferrari! So I’m very happy with its revival,” said Max at the last appointment (Hungary) before the summer break.
Verstappen is doing even better than last year at this point in the World Cup. He has eight wins (one more than in 2021) and has more points (21 more). Where it fails is in the section of poles (‘only’ three for the seven of the previous year).
And, beware, because in the historical classification of victories it is already very close to Fernando Alonso. The Dutch, installed in the ‘Top Ten’ (it is 8), can boast of 28 Grand Prix wins. He is preceded by Nigel Mansell (7 with 31) and the Spaniard (32). If he keeps up the hellish pace he’s set before the summer break (he’s won five of the last six dates), he can top both of them even this year.