Max Verstappen proud of Mexican GP to set record for wins in a season
Max Verstappen proud of Mexican GP to set record for wins in a season

MEXICO CITY: Max Verstappen, a Dutch Formula 1 driver, has acknowledged his amazement at breaking the previous record of 13 wins in a calendar year held by Sebastian Vettel (2013) and Michael Schumacher (2004).
After an intriguing strategic duel at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on Sunday, Verstappen defeated Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes to win his 14th race of the 2022 season at the Mexican Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver described his accomplishment as making him "very pleased."

Lewis Hamilton qualified third on Saturday, and Verstappen qualified first, beating Hamilton by F than three tenths. George Russell of Mercedes qualified on the front row. Verstappen maintained his lead in the race on Sunday while the Mercedes team ran on medium tyres. It quickly became apparent that Verstappen would be able to execute a one-stop strategy and win, which he achieved by a margin of more than 15 seconds.

I did struggle a little toward the end, but fortunately the gap was large enough to extend a few laps, and yeah, once we put on the medium tyres, everything was working quite well, Verstappen said to "Yeah, I mean another great race, I think. We knew that that first stint was going to be the crucial one for us to keep that soft tyre alive long enough, which seemed to work.
Verstappen said after his record-breaking 14th victory, "I think quite early on, we figured that we could make it to the end. Another great race but also, it's just an incredible season for us as a team. I never thought I would be able to win 14 races in a year, but of course, incredibly proud." Verstappen also set a new record for points scored in a single season with 416, according to the F1 website.

In Brazil, there is a Sprint race, and perhaps we can add a few more points, he remarked. Verstappen said after his 34th career victory, "But I mean, it's not about that. At the end of the day it's about trying to win a championship and it doesn't matter by how many points you do it, but it does show we are having an incredible year." Verstappen heads to Brazil just seven wins short of matching Ayrton Senna's record of 41 victories. The Dutchman expressed how much he loved visiting Mexico City, saying, "It's great. It's an incredible vibe.

"I mean, they put on a tremendous show, and the overall atmosphere is incredible with the spectators. They are extremely enthusiastic about Formula 1,  but obviously about Checo, but it also helps a lot that you have that entire stadium. It looks amazing as a result. It's a fantastic vibe, he said.

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