Max Verstappen mentioned it will be “terrible” to stay caught on the identical variety of profession wins as Lewis Hamilton’s automobile quantity following his crushing triumph on the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The all-conquering Dutchman beat pole-sitter Hamilton to the opening bend on the Hungaroring earlier than occurring to guide each lap and declare his seventh successive win and forty fourth of his profession.
“Hopefully I don’t stay on 44 for too long,” joked Verstappen. “That would be terrible I need to get to 45 quickly.”
The proof of the season to date would recommend Verstappen’s wait will final solely per week with Spa-Francorchamps the venue for the ultimate spherical earlier than the summer season break of this most one-sided of campaigns.
Indeed, Red Bull will head into subsequent Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix unbeaten from the opening 11 rounds of twenty-two, setting a brand new file on Sunday with their twelfth consecutive win.
The excellent dozen contains the ultimate spherical of final season in Abu Dhabi, eclipsing McLaren’s 11 in a row in 1988 when Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost have been on the wheel.
“Twelve wins in a row is just incredible,” added Verstappen, who’s now 110 factors clear on the summit of the world championship on his unstoppable march in the direction of a hat-trick of titles.
“What we’ve been doing for the last two years has been unbelievable. Hopefully we can keep this momentum going for a long time. We always want to do better but days like this are just perfect.”
Verstappen, 25, crossed the road greater than half-a-minute away from runner-up Lando Norris to file his ninth win of the season and retain Red Bull’s probability of changing into the primary crew in F1 historical past to finish an ideal marketing campaign.
Red Bull crew principal Christian Horner mentioned: “As a young kid I remember watching Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna under the incredible leadership of Ron Dennis achieve that feat (11 wins in a row) and to think we have bettered that is something all the team in Budapest and back in Milton Keynes have worked so hard for and means so much.
“Max is a driver totally at one with himself in the car and with total confidence and trust in the team. We are witnessing a sportsman at the top of his game and he is a joy to work with.
“Max is a modest guy and he is uncomfortable with the plaudits he is given, but he deserves all the credit he is getting at the moment.”