Verstappen on 50th F1 win: Rookie numbers compared to Hamilton

Max Verstappen took his 50th Formula 1 win at the 2023 United States GP


After claiming his 50th Formula 1 victory at the 2023 United States GP, Max Verstappen joked that he only has rookie numbers compared to Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, who has 103 F1 wins to his name.

Despite struggling with a race-long brake problem and a hard-charging Hamilton, Verstappen clung on to win at the Circuit of the Americas, to take his 15th victory of the 2023 F1 season.

The win also made Verstappen the fifth driver in Formula 1 history to have emerged victorious in 50 Grand Prix, putting him one win away from tying with Alain Prost as the F1’s fourth-most-successful driver.

“It’s a great number still rookie numbers compared to Lewis,” joked Verstappen after the race on Sunday. “For sure, it’s a great number. I’m very happy with it. But let’s try to win a few more.

“The first stint, I tried to be patient, but at the same time, following for so long did hurt my tyres a little bit. I was struggling a lot with the brakes compared to yesterday. 

“So I couldn’t be that nice to them. But as a team, we did the right strategy. We pitted at the right time, and because of that, I could work my way forward.”

US GP 2023 winner Max Verstappen of Red Bull, Second placed Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes, Third placed Lando Norris of McLaren and John Hammond of Red Bull on the podium | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Verstappen joins the pantheon of legends

Since entering F1 in 2015 at the age of 17 years and 166 days, Verstappen has become one of the most successful Grand Prix drivers to have competed in the sport.

In his first season with Red Bull, Verstappen became the sport’s youngest race winner at 18 years old and 228 days after victory in the 2016 Spanish GP.

After finishing second in the Sprint at the Qatar GP, Verstappen became the fifth driver, along with Hamilton, Juan Manuel Fangio, Michael Schumacher, and Sebastian Vettel, to have won three consecutive world titles.

Verstappen‘s third world title has been his most dominant yet, winning 10 consecutive races, tying the most amount of races won with 15, and breaking the record for most points scored in a season with 466 (so far).

If Verstappen were to win the remaining four races in 2023, he would become the third most successful F1 driver of all time, surpassing Prost‘s 51 wins and Vettel‘s 53.

Ed Spencer
Ed Spencer
FIA accredited journalist
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