Max Verstappen looks past Ayrton Senna record

Max Verstappen took his 41st victory in Formula 1 at the 2023 Canadian GP


Max Verstappen expressed his pride in matching Ayrton Senna’s win record after dominating Sunday’s 2023 Canadian Grand Prix, but is aiming for more success in Formula 1.

Verstappen, who took pole by over a second at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, enjoyed an easy win and cruised to victory in Montreal to earn his 41st F1 win and the sixth of 2023.

That leaves Verstappen the joint-fifth most successful driver in F1 alongside Senna, and behind Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel and Alain Prost.

“I hate to compare different generations,” said Verstappen to the media, when asked about matching Senna‘s tally. “When I was a little kid driving in karting, I was dreaming about being an F1 driver.

“I would never have imagined winning 41 GPs. To tie with Ayrton is something incredible, and I’m proud of that, but of course, I hope it’s not stopping here.

“I hope we can keep on winning more races.”

Change in Red Bull set up crucial to victory

Although he led every lap in Canada and built a cushion of over nine seconds on second-place finisher Fernando Alonso at the checkered flag, Verstappen didn’t have an easy race.

Not least, after struggling for grip during the second stint and a bird strike which caused the animal remains to be stuck in Verstappen‘s brakes.

Friday hadn’t been an easy day for Red Bull either, as the team were forced into an overnight set-up change which ultimately paid off. 

“We changed the car quite a bit compared to Friday,” said Verstappen. “I didn’t know how it would feel today, but luckily, it went in the right direction.

“It was quite tough today to keep the tyres in the right window. They were running quite cold, so we had to push quite hard on the tyres with low grip.

“It’s probably not been our best race today. But yeah, everything went well you would have needed a car which is a bit harder on the tyre to keep the temperatures. 

“Still, to win by nine seconds, I think, shows we have a great car.”

Canadian GP 2023 race winner Max Verstappen of Red Bull | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Enjoying battles with Alonso and Hamilton

For the second time in 2023, Alonso and Lewis Hamilton joined Verstappen on the podium and despite their best efforts, they have been unable to usurp the Dutchman in 2023.

“Ten years ago, I was not on the grid,” said Verstappen. “I remember back in the day, I watched these two in F1 race each other. 

“Racing them is probably [one of] the best things out there, and when we can share a podium together, I’ve done it now a few times I think it’s great.”

Ed Spencer
Ed Spencer
FIA accredited journalist
- Advertisment -


Alex Bowman celebrates victory at the 2024 Chicago Street Race | NASCAR

How rain strategy helped Alex Bowman end his drought in Chicago

Alex Bowman and his job with Hendrick Motorsports was never really in question as his contract runs through the...
Lewis Hamilton, Lando Norris and Max Verstappen 1 at the 2024 British GP | Mercedes

F1 Driver Ratings — 2024 British GP

Lewis Hamilton finally ended his long wait for a race victory at the Formula 1 2024 British GP as...
George Russell leads the field into Turn 1 at the 2024 British GP | Mercedes

F1 Winners and Losers from the British GP

Lewis Hamilton emerged victorious in one of the most memorable races in recent Formula 1 history, which begs the...
Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the 2024 British GP | Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton masterclass proves he can take fight to Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton basked in the glory of his long-awaited victory at the British Grand Prix, celebrating in front of...
Max Verstappen looks on at the 2024 Austrian GP | Chris Graythen / Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Max Verstappen rues ‘poor’ British GP as Red Bull battle rare issue

Max Verstappen conceded it was a "poor afternoon" for Red Bull at the Formula 1 2024 British Grand Prix...
Lando Norris with engineers at 2024 British GP | McLaren F1 Team

Are McLaren becoming ‘new Ferrari’ after another strategy blunder?

Lando Norris' media appearances after the British GP were a genuinely tough watch, with reporters seemingly counselling the 24-year-old...
Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes Max Verstappen on the podium after the 2024 British Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Lewis Hamilton: British GP win more crucial to Mercedes than Russell victory

Lewis Hamilton explained why he felt his victory at the Formula 1 2024 British Grand Prix on Sunday was...
Carlos Sainz at the 2024 Austrian GP | Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

F1 2024 British GP – Fastest Lap

Carlos Sainz snatched the fastest lap at the 2024 British GP at the final opportunity as an all-time classic...
Lando Norris during 2024 British GP | McLaren F1 Team

F1 Standings after 2024 British Grand Prix

An emotional 2024 British Grand Prix saw Lewis Hamilton take a record-breaking win at Silverstone, outsmarting Lando Norris and...
Max Verstappen leads Lando Norris of McLaren during the 2024 British Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

F1 2024 British GP: Driver of the Day

There is a reason why the British Grand Prix remains the hottest attraction on the Formula 1 calendar and...
- Advertisment -