verstappen 10 wins italian gp

Vasseur: Verstappen no mistakes in two years is just mega

verstappen 10 wins italian gp

On Sunday at Monza, Max Verstappen wrote a new chapter of Formula 1 history with an unprecedented 10th Grand Prix win in a row but the Red Bull driver’s all-time record forms part of a bigger success story that is even more remarkable says a rival team boss.

Ferrari team boss Fred Vasseur, who had Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc third and fourth behind Verstappen and his teammate Sergio Perez at the Italian Grand Prix, highlighted that fact afterwards.

Vasseur pointed out after hsi team were beaten by Red Bull at Monza on Sunda, Vasseur said of race winner Verstappen: “The most impressive for me is that Max, it’s not just about the last 10 races but it’s about the last two years. I would say that he didn’t do a single mistake…

“For sure it’s easier to not do mistakes when you have a margin on the others and so on but even in these kinds of circumstances, he’s able to manage the situation very well. To not make a single mistake over two seasons, it’s just mega,” declared Vasseur.

Verstappen did not take pole position at Monza on Saturday, missing out to Sainz by a mere 13 thousandths of a second, but the pressure was all on the Ferrari driver rather than the potential record man.

Such is the Red Bull’s race pace advantage, even if Sainz held him off for longer than expected on Sunday, that Verstappen could afford to play a waiting game and trust in his car and team.

“He put some pressure on Carlos but never too much, he didn’t take risks and knew that he had a difference of pace and he was convinced that if it’s not possible during the first stint it will be around the pitstop,” said Frenchman Vasseur.

The win was Verstappen’s 12th of the season and stretched Red Bull’s record unbeaten run to 15 races, dating back to last season’s Abu Dhabi finale. He is now a hefty 145 points clear of Perez with eight races remaining and his inevitable third title fast approaching.

Horner: Nobody in the world that can beat Max Verstappen in this car

MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 03: Race winner Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing and the Red Bull Racing team celebrate after the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo Nazionale Monza on September 03, 2023 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

“That’s a nice stat,” 25-year-old Verstappen said over the radio when he was congratulated on the record win, taking him one beyond the nine in a row of now-retired Sebastian Vettel, but the statistics from the last two seasons are also pretty tasty.

Since the start of the 2022 season Verstappen has won 27 of 36 races and 21 of the last 25. The Dutch driver has taken 37 of his 47 career victories since the start of the 2021 season. In the last 26 races Verstappen has finished lower than second only twice and in the last 36 he has ended up off the podium only five times.

His last retirement was in Australia in April 2022 — 34 races ago — and that was through no fault of his own, with the Red Bull rolling to a halt at Melbourne’s Albert Park with smoke billowing from it.

It is also very much a team effort and Red Bull have won 24 of the last 25 races.

“I wouldn’t say he was nervous this weekend but you could definitely feel that his focus was razor sharp, more than usual. You could see that it (the record) definitely meant something to him,” said Red Bull boss Christian Horner.

“What Max is doing is breaking records and driving at an unbelievable level and I don’t think there is anybody in the world at the moment that can beat Max Verstappen in this car, that’s for sure. You have to recognise and applaud what Max is doing.

“In sport, it is very rare that something like this happens and it is a golden moment for him and certainly a golden moment for the team,” added Horner, “this car” of course being the so far invincible Red Bull RB19, penned by Adrian Newey and his team. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin)