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  • Updated: June 19, 2023

Verstappen Claims F1 Legendary Status With 41st Victory

Verstappen Claims F1 Legendary Status With 41st Victory

Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen etched his name alongside the legendary Ayrton Senna in the Formula One history books on Sunday, claiming his 41st career victory and matching Senna's remarkable record.

The Dutch driver delivered a flawless performance at the Canadian Grand Prix, driving his Red Bull car to an emphatic win.

The 25-year-old defending double champion and current series leader showcased his supremacy as he led the race from start to finish, crossing the line a commanding 9.570 seconds ahead of Fernando Alonso from Aston Martin. Lewis Hamilton secured the final podium spot for Mercedes, marking his team's 100th Formula One victory.

Verstappen's triumph at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was not only his second win at the venue but also his sixth victory in the first eight races of the season. With a total of 41 career wins, Verstappen now stands behind only the likes of Alain Prost (51) and Sebastian Vettel (53), as well as the seven-time champions Michael Schumacher (91) and Hamilton (103).

"It's amazing to achieve the team's 100th win here. I never anticipated reaching such numbers personally, so we must continue to enjoy the moment and work hard. This is a fantastic day for us," expressed Verstappen after the race.

For Red Bull Racing, this commanding victory marked their eighth win of the season and their tenth consecutive triumph, fueling speculation of a potentially unbeatable campaign.

Alonso's impressive podium finish added to his remarkable resurgence at the age of 41. The Spaniard, displaying competitive form throughout the season, emphasized that he had to manage a brake issue towards the end of the race.

"We had hoped to challenge a bit more, but we lost a position to Lewis at the start, and then we battled throughout the race. It felt like 70 qualifying laps," commented Alonso.

Hamilton, reflecting on the weekend, stated, "It has been a fantastic weekend for us, and we continue to make progress and chip away. It's an honour to share the podium with these two world champions."

Charles Leclerc secured a solid fourth-place finish for Ferrari, with his teammate Carlos Sainz crossing the line in fifth. Sergio Perez, Verstappen's teammate at Red Bull, secured sixth place, while Alex Albon impressed with a seventh-place finish in his rejuvenated Williams.

Esteban Ocon secured eighth place for Alpine, ahead of McLaren's Lando Norris, who dropped to 13th due to a five-second time penalty. Local hero Lance Stroll, representing Aston Martin, rounded out the top ten.

Perez's performance included setting the fastest lap of the race, earning him a bonus point. However, he now finds himself trailing his teammate by a substantial 69 points in the drivers' championship.

Following a rain-soaked qualifying session on Saturday, the race began under clear skies, with Verstappen and Hamilton getting off to faultless starts. Hamilton swiftly overtook Alonso to claim second place, while the Aston Martin driver battled to regain his position. By the fifth lap, Verstappen had established a comfortable 1.8-second lead over Hamilton, with Alonso trailing 2.7 seconds behind in third place after brushing the wall at Turn Four.

George Russell held on to fourth place, fending off Esteban Ocon and Nico Hülkenberg of Haas, who had started in fifth position. However, a Virtual Safety Car was deployed when Williams driver Logan Sargeant encountered technical issues and retired from the race.

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