Max Verstappen And Valtteri Bottas Edging Towards One Of The Most Unwanted F1 Records

Published 10/16/2020, 5:15 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during a press conference after qualifying FIA/Handout via REUTERS


There are good drivers, and then there are great drivers. Without a shadow of a doubt, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas, fall in the latter category.

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Proving to be the closest challengers to Lewis Hamilton’s reign of terror, they seem to have an unending thirst for besting the British powerhouse.

However, that’s not all the two talents have in common, neither of the two drivers has ever lifted a World Drivers’ Championship. As a result, the two drivers are a far cry from the best on the grid.

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Max Verstappen is tied with Bottas on 9 Grand Prix wins

Their hard work and racecraft have earned them a series of race victories and podium finishes. However, a different level of consistency is key for clinching a championship.

Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – Second placed Red Bull’s Max Verstappen wearing a face mask during a press conference after the race FIA/Handout via REUTERS

The statistic of “Most Grand Prix wins without a Championship” has some intriguing names on its list. Stirling Moss holds the record with 16 victories, with David Coulthard in second with 13.

Both Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas have 9 Grand Prix victories. And considering the fact that they will be staying in the sport for the foreseeable future, one of them could potentially surpass that feat.

Both drivers are genuine contenders for the Drivers’ Championship

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It has been the case for a few years now, considering the talent and expertise they bring to the table. Both Verstappen and Bottas also have some of the best cars on the grid to win their first-ever title.

However, such has been Hamilton’s sheer desire and drive that beating him to the top step of the podium seems like a rare and lucky break.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during the race. Pool via REUTERS/Kirill Kudryavtsev

Red Bull have long wanted to give Max Verstappen a championship-winning car as it has been their objective to see Max as one of the world’s youngest champions in F1 history.

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Bottas, on the other hand, has only played second fiddle to Hamilton ever since they started driving under the same banner. Although both the drivers find themselves behind the wheel of a Mercedes, the Briton brings the kind of talent that you only hear about in fairytales.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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