Max Verstappen Equals 4-Time Red Bull F1 Champion Sebastian Vettel in Astonishing Feat

Published 06/02/2022, 8:30 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 27, 2022 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen speaks to the media ahead of practice REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Max Verstappen has equaled one of Sebastian Vettel’s records! At just a young age of 24, this honorable stat might just catapult Verstappen even ahead of Vettel. The Dutchman is currently the reigning world champion after a dominant 2021 season. Moreover, he still continues to rule the grid with crushing victories.

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Last year Verstappen had tough competition from the formidable Lewis Hamilton. However, this time around with severe unresolved issues, Mercedes managed no wins. With Ferrari also making mistakes in the last few races, Verstappen’s path to number 1 has been rather arguably easy.

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Max Verstappen equals remarkable Sebastian Vettel record

The Dutch driver now has 65 podiums to his name since joining Red Bull. Vettel also managed 65 podiums with the team when he joined, also becoming a world champion. However, Verstappen has a contract with the Austrian team that will extend up to 2028. This basically means that the 24-year-old has ample time to turn this 65 to 100 or even more.

Arguably, the driver has shone and risen to the occasion whenever required. His remarkable last-minute overtake on Hamilton carved his name in the history books. Since then, the Dutchman has maintained a wonderful form, which booked him 4 straight wins. Notably, the driver still remains competitive and extremely resilient throughout.

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Vettel’s journey with Red Bull was also one of a kind. The German driver went on to become a 4-time world champion with the team. Arguably, Verstappen, who’s clearly talented and young, has the capability to be a multiple world champion too. In fact, he is on the right path leading the world championship currently.

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Verstappen on his way to glory

At one point, the Dutchman sat almost 40 points behind rival Charles Leclerc. But with Red Bull’s incredible car development and Verstappen’s strong-headed demeanor, the team managed a wonderful run. Recently, though, he did not win in Monaco, a brilliant strategy granted him a P3, as he equaled Vettel’s record.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 29, 2022 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen ahead of the race REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

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Moreover, despite stiff competition from teammate Sergio Perez, the young driver has mostly remained ahead. Often qualifying and outpacing him, the Dutchman remains safe. So, what do you think? Can Max match up to Vettel’s brilliance someday? Or will he be even better?

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Khyati Yadav

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Khyati Yadav is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. She is a Hospitality Graduate and a huge fan of Lando Norris. She believes that F1 as a sport deserves a lot more attention and is intrigued by the process that goes behind the making of a car and the hard work that goes into the setting up of any Grand Prix.

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