Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Monza, 2023

Verstappen passes Sainz to win record-breaking tenth grand prix in a row

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Max Verstappen caught and passed Carlos Sainz Jnr to win a record-breaking tenth consecutive grand prix in the Italian Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver overtook Sainz after 15 laps and never looked back, winning by six seconds ahead of team mater Sergio Perez, who also rose from fifth on the grid to overtake the two Ferraris.

Sainz claimed his first podium finish of the season in third after holding off team mate Charles Leclerc in a battle to the end of the race.

Before the race, the vast majority of the field all opted to start on the medium compound, with Lewis Hamilton in eighth the only driver in the top ten to fit hard tyres for the start. Sainz left the dummy grid for the formation lap on pole position with Verstappen alongside him on the front row. However, Yuki Tsunoda pulled off the track just before the final corner of Alboreto (formerly Parabolica) with smoke coming from his AlphaTauri.

The start was aborted, with drivers sent off for an extra Formation Lap. After forming up a second time, the start was aborted again as Tsunoda’s car remained stuck in gear, with a formal delay seeing mechanics allowed back onto the grid.

A third formation lap began 20 minutes after the original, with the field finally lining up on the grid for the start. When the lights went out, Sainz held the lead ahead of Verstappen, with Leclerc retaining third ahead of George Russell in fourth. When DRS was activated at the end of lap two, Verstappen was within a second to make use of the system but appeared happy to bide his time during the early phase of the race.

Verstappen eventually had a look at the leader into the Rettifilo chicane at the start of lap six, but was rebuffed by Sainz, allowing Leclerc behind to stick within DRS range. Verstappen continued to pressure Sainz and when Sainz locked up into the Rettifilo at the start of lap 15, Verstappen drew alongside through Curva Grande and took the lead into the Della Roggia chicane.

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Now out front, Verstappen immediately pulled out of DRS range of the Sainz and was over four seconds clear by lap 19. Sainz was the first of the leaders to stop at the end of that lap, joined by Russell behind, both taking the hard compound tyres. Verstappen and Leclerc both boxed at the end of the next lap, with Verstappen rejoining in sixth behind Fernando Alonso and Leclerc emerging immediately behind team mate Sainz, pressuring him up to the Della Roggia chicane but remaining behind.

Verstappen caught up to Hamilton, who was still on his starting hard tyres, passing him to retake the lead with Sainz now third, under five seconds behind. Hamilton eventually pitted at the end of lap 27, allowing the Ferraris back up to second and third with Perez now right behind Leclerc in fourth.

Perez challenged Leclerc into the Della Roggia chicane and was squeezed by the Ferrari driver on the outside. However, the Red Bull driver had his revenge at the start of the next lap when he used DRS along the main straight to breeze by the Ferrari and up into third place.

Hamilton caught up to Piastri for eighth place but the pair made contract into the Della Roggia chicane, causing damage to the McLaren’s front wing, forcing Piastri to pit. Hamilton was able to continue on his way, but was handed a five second time penalty for causing the collision, putting him under threat from Alonso behind.

After multiple laps of pressuring Leclerc, Perez eventually passed Sainz for second place with five laps remaining. Sainz then came under intense pressure from his team mate behind, with the two Ferraris battling for multiple laps but Sainz repelling his team mate every time.

Verstappen ticked off the remaining laps to cross the line at secure a record-breaking tenth consecutive grand prix victory. Perez was six seconds behind in second place as Sainz won the battle between the Ferrari drivers to secure his first podium appearance of the season in third.

Leclerc had to settle for fourth, with both Mercedes of Russell and Hamilton holding onto their finishing positions of fifth and sixth despite both having five second-post race time penalties. Albon held off Norris after pressure across the end of the race to claim seventh, with Alonso taking ninth and Valtteri Bottas securing the final point for Alfa Romeo.

Liam Lawson finished 13th on the road behind Logan Sargeant and Oscar Piastri, but both of Lawson’s fellow rookies received five-second penalties and were demoted, promoting the AlphaTauri driver to 11th.

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77 comments on “Verstappen passes Sainz to win record-breaking tenth grand prix in a row”

  1. Well, a few days ago I was talking about “Monza-spec like DRS”. This is exactly what I meant. We have seen a lot of intense and long-lasting battles because the DRS wasn’t massively powerful and the driver ahead could defend. I think this has been a proper car race and This is exactly the way F1 should go: less downforce, less DRS effect: you can attack, you can defend.

    1. This was certainly the best race this season.

      1. Gonna say that was zandvoort! But for a dry race it was really good, and passing wasn’t a walk in the park, which made battles between ferrari and red bull, and also russell vs perez and others further behind interesting.

  2. Lots of battles & drivers were even unusually aggressive, especially Sainz, who drove in the grey area (& under braking) a bit too much into Prima Variante.
    Good defensive drive by Albon, although Tsunoda’s car recovery took unnecessarily long.
    Recovery vehicle should’ve been in place beforehand.

    1. Well, it’s not possible to have a recovery vehicle at every possible spot. Tsunoda stopped in an odd place and the stewards were not able to just push it back into a protected spot. I thought the whole thing was handled pretty well.

      1. Doh! Turn workers.

  3. Sainz made it interesting as long as he could. If not for him, Verstappen would have cruised to another 20+ secs win. In Monza, without track specific parts.

    That car is a beast.

    1. I’d say Max is a beast while the car is pretty good, too. But yesterday everybody was predicting a pass in 2-4 laps maximum and it took 15. Then Checo had to work pretty hard for it too. And Charles was needlessly aggressive but to no avail. Great defensive skills from Sainz. Will he be DOTW??

      1. Car is pretty good? Dude come on. Name a track where it was not the best car on the grid this season. This clearly is one of the best cars ever regardless of Verstappens brilliance.

        1. I would say Red Bull was not the fastest car in monaco. At least in quali.

          All others tracks they were fastest.

          1. How did they not have that when a monster lap by Alonso could not rob Verstappen of pole position? If anything, I consider the fact how easy it is for them to get poles is just another testament to how amazing of a car it is. Great in corners, great on the straights, great on tyres, no reliability issues. What is missing?

        2. I ageee, don’t see the point talking down this car’s dominance like some people are doing. It’s definitely in the top 10, if not 5 most dominant of all times.

          Perez was just very subpar for a lot of race weekends this year, and this shouldn’t dock points from the car, you have to imagine 2 verstappens driving it.

      2. To me, he should be.
        It only took that long because he did put up a fight. He could very well let Max go at that first attack and then manage car and tyres, but didn’t do it and because of it came under attack from Leclerc.

  4. Quite the indictment of the utter failure at the other eight teams.

    Just ten more wins to go and Red Bull will eclipse Mercedes’ number of wins since the 2009 regulatory overhaul.

    1. I think it’s a failure at Mercedes and Ferrari to challenge for the title, and Alpine and Alfa Romeo haven’t done wonderfully either. For Aston Martin, Haas, AlphaTauri and Williams, who were bringing up there rear last year – it’s been a great effort to close the gap. I don’t think the field’s ever been closer.

    2. Red Bull broke the budget cap for a reason. Whether you want to believe it’s Red Bull uniquely “nailing” the car or the other teams “failing”, you can’t deny that Red Bull did cheat.

  5. We’re witnessimg something truly special. Verstappen will end up being a default in fans’ top 5 drivers, along the likes of Senna or Schumacher.

    1. No, he won’t.

      1. He is already. For all the kids out there who dream the impossible :) It’s a generational thing. Just like Senna is the king for the oldies.

        1. Oldies? It’s my 84th birthday today (and I really enjoyed Monza, glimpses of real racing.) But the ‘kings’ were Ascari, Fangio, Parnell, later Moss (never was WC, but probably deserved it). Later my old friend Jimmy Clark, and while you probably see a “white-haired” Hill as a tv pundit, I helped his Dad (iconic black skid-lid with vertical stripes) get his pilot’s license.
          But these were the F1 days when cars were just designed to go fast, leaked oil, caught fire, hit trees — no minimum weight, no budgets, no limits on cylinders and superchargers, just brilliance in design, manufacturing and driving. Drivers drove for the glory, some died in their pursuit of that glory, not for megabucks and social media. Races weren’t stopped for rain, stranded cars were often left where they crashed or stopped, an ambulance was respected on track.
          So . . . I have the greatest admiration for Senna, Prost, Schumacher, Hamilton, Verstappen, whomever, BUT as an “oldie”, could I respectfully suggest that you “youngsters” did not live through, or participate in, the beginnings of F1.

          1. I’m 36 and I watch F1 since ’99 but I understand your point. See but that’s exactly what I’m talking about. It’s generational. You can’t truly feel what you didn’t witness. You can read about it. You can watch it. But you don’t feel the same impact as contemporaries. Or let’s say if you’re an old man full of life knowledge you don’t see things like youngsters do especially if they experience things for the first time in their life. So if we talk about today’s kids or new Netflix fans Verstappen is the one who makes an impact. Those impacted by Senna or Schumacher may have different opinions, it’s natural. You can’t grab their soul and twist it like a towel trying to remove all the memories they have witnessed. Every generation has their own heroes.

          2. Happy birthday Paul, my 77th. was the 1st. and I entirely agree with your response, but of course it is all a matter of context, back when I was watching those drivers in the Tasman series our mantra was “never trust anyone over 25”.

          3. As a “oldie’ i totaly agree with you!

      2. Myth building takes a while, and especially in today’s age where so much of the things people read, see or hear is made in the last few days it’s perhaps harder than ever.

        And when a driver wins a title or two, especially when it’s so blatantly obvious to even the most casual of viewer that his car is vastly superior to others, it’s usually not considered all that great five, ten or twenty years down the line.

        1. Way before 2021 Verstappen was convincing enough to predict that as soon as he gets the fastest car he will be really hard to beat. I don’t know why people tend to forgot his wins, podiums, battles and overtakes before 2021. He showed the same level of greatness as Senna before ’88 or Schumacher before ’94 – always there with big boys despite having an inferior car.

          1. No question Verstappen was and is good, but that’s true for plenty of drivers who have won one or more titles but still are not often counted among the greats of the sport. That’s always a subjective thing of course, so it’s not really that big a deal and I doubt any of them care all that much.

      3. No he won’t be a top 5 driver of all time…because he already is, however he will be the GOAT. Remember he is only 25 years young and has more talent, raw speed and consistency than any other driver, including Schumacher and Senna

        1. He’s certainly grown into a mature driver in the last couple of years. He’s always been fast, but now he’s getting smart also; a hard combination to beat – look at Alonso.

  6. Great drive by Max today!

    Shifting gears though, waiting for Mike Krack to embarrass himself again in the post-race team interview.

    There’s a greater chance of Red Bull dropping Max Verstappen before Aston Martin give the boot to Lance Stroll!

    Let that sink in!

  7. Max in less than 2 seasons does what Hamilton couldn’t in 7 years, which only shows who’s the real Greatest of All Time. Funnily enough, Hamilton couldn’t even win more than 5 races in a row driving rocketships 1s/lap faster than anyone, because he was making stupid mistakes, exactly the same kind like with Piastri today.

    1. Taki Inoue used to say (tongue in cheek??) he himself was the worst driver in F1 ever.

      Well, Taki was wrong.

    2. Has nothing to do with him having a competitive teammate in form of Rosberg, then two seasons of Ferrari, then a season with 4 different teams winning and then a shorter sketchy season right? :) Are you actually this clueless or just trolling? An armchair expert indeed.

      Also, the Merc has always been a draggy car, so the moment you turned up at Monza or Spa, your winning streak was very likely disrupted anyway. Then there were the couple of races a year where red bull had the best car. Not to mention the previous regulations did not allow for as much overtaking, but we are going to ignore all that arent we?

      Did Hamilton have as much of a pushover teammate? No. Did he have the best car? Mostly. Did he have the best strategists? No. Could he easily overtake Bottas under the previous regulations, meaning if you werent leading after lap 1, you were kinda screwed? No.

      1. Interesting, the way that logic works.
        I guess even Bottas could win and get piles in the vastly superior Mercedes.
        As I see Bottas (1.0 and 2.0 and 3.0) as a worse driver compared with Perez. I guess the real measure is not a teammate but the way you win races against your opponents.
        I a dominant car every driver is able to win or at least finish second.
        The Bottas/Hamilton pairing seems to prove that.
        The excellent rb19 is a fast but difficult to drive car. Only the best Driver is able to do consistent, the task Verstappen is doing.

        1. Piles=poles

      2. Mercedes has always been a draggy car? Sorry but that’s just false. From 2014-2020, and especially before 2018, the Mercedes was always the straight-line, low drag car of the lot. I dare say that only after 2019, when Mercedes realised their 3s a lap engine advantage would eventually decrease, they started investing into making a decent chassis and aero package for corners too.

    3. You managed to turn an article about Red Bull and Verstappen’s success into a hate filled rant about Hamilton with absolutely no basis in truth..

      Your life must be quite sad!

      1. Accept there are people with a different opinion. That is not the same a a hate filled rant.
        Partly I agree with him
        Lewis was never a very consistent driver. He had the occasional off day more then once during a season.
        Verstappen seems robotlike in that aspect

    4. I can’ remember any particularly stupid mistake by Hamilton that cost him race wins.

      The team though, made a lot, like failing to fix the headrest in a race, or failing to calculate the gap he had for a pit stop and costing him wins, stuff like that.

      I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Max broke a record set by another Red Bull driver today. That’s the way they do their thing. It Max was racing for another team, he wouldn’t accomplish that.

      1. I can name 2 big mistakes that didn’t only cost Hamilton a racewin, but even a championship.
        China 2007
        Baku 2021

        Could have had 9 titles

        1. Baku is a good one, well said.

          China i don’t think so. He wasn’t going to win that race. Raikkonen was faster and heavier, would likely overtake him on strategy later. That race was very similar to what had happened in Silverstone that year. Kimi was the fastest guy on track but Hamilton on lighter fuel load got pole and the early lead.

      2. Really? You must have pretty bad memory then, because only in 2020 Hamilton:
        -ignored yellow flags during quali in Austria
        -didn’t know what a cross means and entered closed pitlane at Monza
        -carried out practice start on a live circuit in Russia
        -if you want to be picky he lost in a car which was exactly 1s/lap quicker to Max in the 2nd race at Silverstone and even suggested Red Bull and Max were cheating
        Without his stupid mistakes in Italy and Sochi, he would’ve been the one to win 10 races in a row. Alas, Hamilton isn’t that good, so it took Red Bull to produce a competetive car, so Max can show his genius and get that precious achievement.

        1. All but a couple drivers made that mistake on Monza 2020.

          But yeah on the internet we can find some bright individuals that think a driver can win 100 races without being “that good”

          And about Silverstone, Mercedes had obvious issues with the tyres on both races. Max couldve won both if he didnt went for the FL point in the first one.

          Dont go biased on me, if you want to be taken seriously.

    5. While I feel like verstappen achieved more this year than hamilton would have in his position (he would’ve let some wins slip, he wasn’t as consistent as verstappen), there’s a major difference: when mercedes was most dominant, hamilton had a competitive team mate in rosberg; bottas was quite slow, but not as bad as perez overall, but the 2017, 2018, 2019 cars either weren’t dominant at all or nowhere near this level anyway, you only have 2014, 2015, 2016, 2020 to compare with.

      1. @esploratore1 I would not consider Bottas in 2020 really that much better than Perez – if at all. He was in a highly dominant car and yet, like Perez, barely held on to second in the WCC.
        Also Lewis could/should have won 10 races in a row that year if not for mistakes of his own.

    6. Max Verstappen is certainly more consistent than Lewis Hamilton and I think it makes sense that he should win more races in a row as he has far fewer off-days and makes fewer mistakes. But overall, I would still consider peak Lewis Hamilton the stronger driver simply because of his list of great drives being far superior to Verstappen’s, although that might not be the case by the end of Verstappen’s career. He is taking a lot of easy wins in the best car, while Hamilton has driven many fantastic races to win when he really shouldn’t, and his entire 2018 championship season was an example of this as he had an equal car to four-time champion Sebastian Vettel and totally destroyed him with the run of races around the summer break (Germany, Hungary, Belgium, Italy, Singapore) a particularly brilliant set of performances by Hamilton.

    7. Verstappen would not have run into Piastri in such a stupid blind way. It really begs the question, how much longer can or should he remain in F1?

    8. I find it interesting that Max’s fans cannot pay him a compliment without disparaging Lewis.

      I do wonder if Max feels the same way because like Alonso he can’t say one nice thing about Hamilton without a dig or “I don’t care”. In competition, that sort of behavior is usually manifested when someone is extremely jealous or afraid of the other person.

      1. Interesting comment coming from you . Every option to put down Verstappen or a interpretation in that style had your signature. For years already. I have seen the most outrageous comments coming from you. A bit reflection would suit you.

    9. Just enjoy Max’s success rather than trying to compare it to another driver’s. Each season has different challenges and some teammates are more competitive than others.

      Max is a formidable driver and the RB is a spectacular car. Well done to both.

  8. These Hamilton vs. Max comments are so played out and lame as hell.

    Hamilton has done more in the last 20-minutes than you have accomplished in your entire life.

    Even sadder, is he doesn’t even know you exist, yet you can’t stop obsessing over him!

    1. I agree with your first sentence. Its statement also applies to your next two sentences.

  9. I thought VER was a bit graceless to say yesterday that Ferrari only had a qualifying car they would easily beat but I think he understated things. Ferrari didn’t have a prayer to win this race. Sainz in the fastest speed trap car in the race fighting off RBR like a wild animal made it look competitive for a moment.

  10. It’s not everyday that a Ferrari driver trounces the ‘team darling’
    all through a weekend. This is what Sainz has done to Leclerc. He has also jumped him in the standings. You have to go back a long way to find a precedent.
    What happens now? It’s into the unknown for Ferrari.

    1. Can I have some of what you’re smoking?
      Both of them could’ve caused an intra-team crash late in the race as they were squabbling; that’s hardly “trouncing”

      1. Also, I feel that if Ferrari had swapped the drivers early on in the race, Leclerc could have held on to P2. He clearly had more pace in hand, but couldn’t easily pass and deploy that pace.

  11. Verstappen is simply the best F1 driver possibly of all time.

    His consistency is remarkable. It’s robotic. I’ve seen Senna bin it, I’ve seen Schumacher make mistakes under pressure and I’ve also seen Alonso make errors, but barring outside incidents I genuinely can’t recall where he had an awful race on pace in the last 5 years.

    5 years is an eternity and his consistency across the variety of tracks, conditions and situations be it midfield or at the front is unparalleled.

    What a driver, what a lucky person I am to witness such a driver every weekend.

    1. lol.
      the guy took 15 laps to overtake Sainz. And once he did that he opened a gap of 13 seconds while managing, he said that himself. In Monza, the track with fewest corners of the season.

      Was anyone in the world expecting him to make any mistake today? He had the whole race to do ONE overtake, all he needed was to win the race, no matter how long it would took to take the lead.

      So, yeah, Max is a generational talent, but his life is also one of the easiest in the story of the sport. There’s simply no track in which they’re out of contention. Even Mercedes had their weak spots with tyre management, overheating engines and track layouts in the past but Red Bull had everything solved with this work of art of a racing car they have this season.

      1. Lol for what?

        Upset with the result?

        Take a break from Formula 1.

        1. I couldn’t expect a more disappointing reply.
          You’re too lazy.

      2. People will do anything to downplay people they don’t like; won’t they

        1. Downplaying?

          That’s reality pal.

          These newer generations want to find a new GOAT every decade.

          So childish.

          1. I mean, verstappen looked better than hamilton even before getting a title contending car, however I never agreed on hamilton being the best of all times, and I think it’s too soon to say verstappen is either, but he certainly has potential. However I don’t tend to give a lot of credit to dominant-car performances, so I hope there can be soon some sort of 2021, but what he did that season was impressive.

      3. I do not agree with this. Max has shown since day 1 he is a once in a generation talent. There was little doubt he would go achieve what he is now accomplishing. The view was distorted and twisted a bit since a lot of people resisted it since their man Lewis was previously (or rather still was when Max entered) reaching all kinds of records. Lewis himself went into immediate strong denial as well (calling him ‘this guy’ and talking him down at every single opportunity given) which in itself was a confirmation of how great Max was from the get go… otherwise Lewis simply wouldn’t have bothered. With Lewis his fans got along on this train. Understandable I guess, especially when Lewis was criticised (rightfully so imho) for his tally being disproportional because of his car. But the thing is, the nr of WDC doesn’t make you a great. Look at Senna. It is about your performances. The new guy without any WDC was already being taken seriously by all that really have insight into F1. And that has just increased since. I am not talking us, but people actually involved and invested in F1 all recognised what was/is going on. To some extent I can understand the hurt, but to another I feel Max is being done some serious injustice if the Lewis grudge prevails over the sheer excellent performances displayed by him. And yes he has a great car, like Lewis had in the past. But no, it is not suitable for every track and RB have their challenges as well (just look at their nr 2 guy). It’s just that they have a man that is very good at setting up the car to circumstances and very good at driving around problems. All elements that build up to someone being great. This is not a sport where everyone just jumps in a car and then they say good luck with it. No, you get to work with a team to cater what you have to the circumstances you meet. That, next to your driving skills and strategic ability to read races is what makes a good driver. Not just how he handles his steering wheel.

        1. There’s just so much stuff the driver himself can tune in the car to his liking to maximize his performance. But still, that doesn’t include the cooling requirements and stuff like that that i mentioned.

          Max is making history and have been stellar for the last 3 seasons at least, but the whole Red Bull unit apart from the other driver is tighter than most teams i ever saw in F1. The car doesn’t break anymore, the pit stops are the best, strategies always on point.

          Max and Newey are among the greatest, but there’s more to that team than them. Kudos to them.

  12. Take a bow Max, he is just untouchable right now. Shutout to Checo and Carlos, great defensive driving from him. Charles lost P3 in braking.

  13. Sorry, slightly offtopic, was thinking if Hamilton and Alonso retires at the end of ’25, we’ll only have one previous wdc on the ’26 grid. Anyone can recall when was the lady time this happened?

    1. Stephen Higgins
      3rd September 2023, 20:31


        1. Indeed, Alonso was the only one. Schumacher and Villeneuve stopped in 2006.

        2. Thanks guys!

  14. The man is on fire!!!

    1. Nah, that was his dad.

  15. 271 points in 10 race weekends – that is very very impressive even factoring in that Red Bull is the best car. During those 10 weekends he won 12 races and scored 5 fastest laps.

    For the season Max is on an absolutely astonishing level of performance, scoring 96% of maximum available points so far this season (excl sprint/FLAP).

    For perspective I went through all F1 seasons listing the F1 champion season results as well as those finishing closely behind.
    I then applied the 2018 point system (so ignoring FLAP/sprint points), I counted all the races (excluding Indy500 results), if a driver didn’t race I used DNS and for all races I applied full points also in case points were shared.

    * Looking at the results there have been 9 champions scoring above 80% of maximum points, Max is the only above 90% with currently 96%.
    * The lowest % of maximum points of any season champion was achieved by Jochen Rindt who sadly died during the season and missed the last races.
    * Alain Prost scored 75.25% of maximum points in 1988 yet it was not enough for the title that season. Very painful considering 1988 champion Senna scored just 68.75% of maximum and in 57 other F1 seasons the champion scored less than 75% of maximum points.

    1st) Verstappen – 2023 – 14 races – 96.00%
    2nd) Schumacher – 2002 – 17 races – 89.41%
    3rd) Fangio – 1954 – 8 races – 88.50%
    4th) Ascari – 1952 – 7 races – 85.71%
    5th) Clark – 1963 – 10 races – 84.80%
    6th) Vettel – 2013 – 19 races – 83.58%
    7th) Vettel – 2011 – 19 races – 82.53%
    8th) Schumacher – 2004 – 18 races – 81.56%
    9th) Hamilton – 2020 – 17 races – 80.24%
    10th) Hamilton – 2015 – 19 races – 80.21%

    1. This is good work. I wonder if there is a way to also control for mechanical DNFs. Which largely disappeared in the last generation. I think it won’t shade Veratappens accomplishments but might the 80s champions in a better light.

      1. As per my response to Jim, you quickly go down a rabbit hole of what if.

        You are right – looking at the results from 1980 there are a lot of retirements – none show any season without a single retirement, on average approx a 25% retirement rate.

        294 races (for some years I have multiple drivers) show 62 retirements, 7 DNS, 4 DSQ and 10 outside top 10 finishes.
        It also showed that the top performers per season won a relative low % of races – there were 157 races in the 80′ and the champions or finishing closely behind the champion won just 74, that is less than half. Most famously Keke Rosberg becoming champion while winning just a single race.

    2. Great information. This generation of car seems to me to be much more reliable than cars of the previous years. Do you have stats based on car retirements? Total retirements, mechanical retirements, crash related retirements, etc.

      1. I personally do not have those stats but they are available online – I did just look at the top 10 % of max points.
        In total 148 races with just 4 retirements, 2 DNS and 1 outside top 10 finish.

        Ascari in 1952 DNS in Switzerland to be able to race the Indy500 where he retired. If he races in Switzerland instead of Indy500 Ascari for sure would have won and thus have a perfect season with 7 wins out of 7 races.

        People these days call Red Bull the most dominating car in history well they should look at 1952 because the other 6 races Ascari absolutely dominated with 6 wins, 5 poles, 6 FLAP and leading 349 of 386 laps. Even more scary are the gaps at the finish line:
        * Belgium won 1m55s ahead on team mate and 4m28s ahead of 1st non Ferrari
        * France won 1 lap ahead of 2nd Ferrari, 2 laps ahead of 3rd Ferrari and 4 laps ahead of 1st non Ferrari
        * UK won 1 lap ahead of 2nd Ferrari, 2 laps ahead of 1st non Ferrari
        * Germany won with just 14s ahead of 2nd Ferrari, 7m10s ahead of 3rd Ferrari and 1 lap ahead (Nurburgring) of 1st non Ferrari and 4th Ferrari
        * NL won 40s lap ahead of 2nd Ferrari, 1m34s ahead of 3rd Ferrari and 2 laps ahead of 1st non Ferrari
        * Italy won 1m1s ahead of 1st non Ferrari and 2m4s ahead of 2nd Ferrari

        But trying to factor retirements into the picture very quickly gets you down the rabbit hole of “what if” story.
        A retirement would lower the % of maximum scored but also possible they benefitted from other drivers ahead of them retiring. You also have none race ending mechanical failures or like Piastri race impacting incidents or tire pressure issues. Next to that what about mechanical failure during qualifying like Max in Saudi Arabia and in last 20 years starting down the grid due to endless grid penalties for new engine/gearbox.

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