How many F1 records can Max Verstappen still break in 2022? – Motor Sport

Verstappen has been the standout performer in 2022, with some records to match
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If the 2021 Formula 1 world championship was Max Verstappen’s breakout work, his 2022 title could well be his masterpiece.
With him and Red Bull being the gold standard bearers at the start of F1’s new era, they have managed to break plenty of records – but there are still more that could be there for the taking.
This being the joint-longest championship ever, the opportunities are more ample – but driver and team need to sustain performance to achieve them, which the Milton Keynes combination has done so far brilliantly this year.
Therefore they still have more to play for – we look at the records Verstappen he could yet break this year, but also the ones he missed out on.
With 12 race wins so far this season, he could still break the all-time record of 13 in a season
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With 12 wins this season, Verstappen is just one victory away from equalling the record of the most in a single season, held by Michael Schumacher (2004) and Sebastian Vettel (2013) who both chalked up 13.
Verstappen could grab 16 in total this year if he sees out the season with a whitewash.
Hamilton currently has F1 season points record, but Verstappen could surpass him
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Lewis Hamilton currently holds the record for most points scored in a single season, with 413 points.
Verstappen is on 366 at present, and with four races plus a sprint remaining meaning 136 points are still on offer, the record is still easily within his reach – he has the potential to beat it by as many as 65 points.
Verstappen could win the title by the greatest-ever margin
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Were Verstappen to continue his fine form for the rest of the season, he could win the championship by the biggest margin ever.
Vettel currently holds the current record of 155, achieved in 2013 over Fernando Alonso, but Verstappen could yet beat that.
The Dutchman has a lead of 113 points, so with four races left plus a sprint, there is ample time to overhaul this statistic.
Verstappen took his first grand chelem in 2021, and another this year at Imola
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Surprisingly, despite Verstappen’s recent imperious form, the Dutchman has only two grand chelems – weekend pole position, fastest lap and race win – to his name. His first was achieved at Austria last year, and he scored another at Imola in 2022.
The all-time record for grand chelems in one season is three, jointly held by Alberto Ascari (1952), Jim Clark (1963 and 1965), Nigel Mansell (1992) and Lewis Hamilton (2017).
There’s four races left to run, so he could equal the current record, or even surpass it were he to be near perfect.
Verstappen took the most podiums ever in 2021 – he could equal that record in 2022
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The intense 2021 battle between Verstappen and Hamilton saw the Dutchman score the most podiums ever in one season – 18.
If he stands on the rostrum in every race for the rest of the season, he could once again equal that impressive statistic.
Verstappen’s off-weekend at Marina Bay ended his hopes of consecutive wins record
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In 2013 Vettel beat Schumacher’s (2004), Ascari’s (1952-1953) and Nico Robserg’s (2005-2006) joint-record of 7 consecutive wins by chalking up 9 in a row in his brilliant 2013 season.
In winning five races from France to Italy this year, it looked like Verstappen could be on course to beat Vettel’s achievement, but a bungled qualifying lap and poor race in Singapore put paid to this.
Still, one can imagine he could get close to the record in the future, if this current champion pairing of driver and car remains as potent.
Verstappen has often been stymied but Leclerc in qualifying this year
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Vettel also holds the title of most poles in a season, at 15, one ahead of Mansell, whose record of 14 stood for over 20 years.
Verstappen has 18 career pole positions, but only four of those came this year in a season in which Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc has shown blistering one-lap pace – hitting nine P1s – but often faded in races.
Should Verstappen and Red Bull marry race-day nous with consistent qualifying speed next year, he could be taking that record too.
Verstappen could best win percentage statistic
Despite Verstappen’s incredible form this year, he still won’t beat the best-ever win percentage in a single season.
Schumacher holds the record with 72.22 per cent, when he won 13 of 18 races in 2004.
As mentioned above, Vettel clocked the same number of races in 2013, but an extra GP in 2013 meant his proportion was 68.42 per cent.
With 12 wins from 18 race so far this year, Verstappen has a win percentage of 66.67 per cent – if he takes victory in the remaining four rounds, that will rise to 69.57 per cent.
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