Max Verstappen celebrated his 41st Formula 1 victory in Montreal, reaching the same remarkable tally as the legendary Ayrton Senna. Senna had achieved this feat between 1985 and 1993 before his unfortunate passing in 1994. Initially, Senna’s record stood second only to Alain Prost’s 51 wins, but it has since been surpassed by Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel, and Lewis Hamilton.
Verstappen’s triumph in Montreal marked his sixth win of the season and also contributed to Red Bull’s milestone of 100 Formula 1 victories. Reflecting on this achievement, Verstappen admitted that he could never have fathomed such success at the start of his Formula 1 career. He expressed his pride in equalling Senna’s record while also setting his sights on helping Red Bull achieve the next milestone of 200 victories.
“While I’m hesitant to compare different eras, I can say that as a young child driving go-karts, I dreamt of becoming a Formula 1 driver. Winning 41 Grands Prix was beyond my wildest imagination,” Verstappen humbly shared. “Matching Ayrton’s record is truly incredible, and I am immensely proud of it. However, I hope this is just the beginning. I aspire to win many more races.”
With 41 of Red Bull’s 100 wins attributed to his name, Verstappen playfully hinted at the possibility of negotiating a new contract based on his accomplishments. Nonetheless, he emphasized that this achievement belonged to the team as a whole and expressed gratitude for the opportunity to secure Red Bull’s 100th victory.
Verstappen acknowledged the challenges faced during the race, explaining that Red Bull had made significant adjustments after Friday’s practice sessions to address issues related to bumps and kerbs. He noted the difficulty of maintaining optimal tire performance, especially with the harder compounds used in Montreal. Verstappen believed that cars more aggressive on their tires had an advantage due to the lower tire degradation characteristics of the circuit.
“We made several changes to the car compared to Friday, so I wasn’t certain how it would feel today. Fortunately, things went in the right direction,” Verstappen revealed.
“The tire management was quite demanding today. The tires were consistently running cold, so we had to push them harder than usual. With the reduced grip, it wasn’t the easiest task. However, everything went well. The harder compound of the tires posed some limitations, making it even more challenging to maintain optimal temperatures.”
Verstappen acknowledged that it might not have been their best race but highlighted their dominance by securing a nine-second victory margin, showcasing the strength of their car.
As Verstappen celebrated his achievement, he also set his sights on the future, aiming for Red Bull to achieve the next milestone of 200 victories in Formula 1.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about F1 victories
Q: How many victories did Ayrton Senna achieve in Formula 1?
A: Ayrton Senna achieved a total of 41 victories in Formula 1 between 1985 and 1993.
Q: Who holds the record for the most wins in Formula 1?
A: Currently, Lewis Hamilton holds the record for the most wins in Formula 1, surpassing Ayrton Senna’s record, with a total of 100 wins.
Q: How many wins does Max Verstappen have in Formula 1?
A: Max Verstappen has now achieved 41 victories in Formula 1, matching the record set by Ayrton Senna.
Q: Which team did Max Verstappen race for when he reached 41 wins?
A: Max Verstappen races for Red Bull Racing and achieved his 41st victory with the team in Montreal.
Q: What is Red Bull Racing’s milestone in Formula 1?
A: Red Bull Racing reached the milestone of 100 Formula 1 victories with Max Verstappen’s win in Montreal.
Q: What is Max Verstappen’s goal now after reaching 41 wins?
A: Max Verstappen expressed his desire to help Red Bull Racing reach the next milestone of 200 victories in Formula 1.