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What started as a close battle between Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc for this year’s World Championship turned into nothing less than a Red Bull driver rout.

Verstappen is now so far ahead that he could clinch the championship at the next round in Singapore, with five races still to go. And while collecting his second title, Verstappen also has a strong chance of breaking some notable F1 records.

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This is a far cry from last year, when the title fight ended with the last race of the season. Instead of wondering who could claim the title, as the final rounds of 2022 approach, the question is how overwhelming Verstappen’s inevitable victory will be?

Most points

* Did not win the championship

Hamilton hit a record 413 points en route to the 2019 title

In order to break the record for most points ever scored by a driver in a single season, Verstappen needs to take just over half of the available points in the last six rounds. It’s certainly within reach: he’s scored 127 points out of a possible 130 in the last five races, missing only a few bonus points on the fastest lap.

The record for most points scored in a season is currently held by Lewis Hamilton. He racked up 413 points over a 21-race season in 2019, down one run from this year. Verstappen also has the advantage of three sprint races to score more points and he has already claimed maximum points for both outfits so far, with another to follow in Brazil.

But the 2023 F1 calendar is expected to contain 24 races and the series is looking to add three more sprint events, meaning even more points will be on offer next year. Verstappen might not be able to break the 500 barrier this season – a perfect run over the final half-dozen rounds would see him finish on 499 – but that goal is surely not far away.

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Biggest winning margin

Vettel won the 2013 title 155 points ahead of Alonso

Over the first six decades, the value of a win went from eight points to nine and finally 10. Then in 2010 it jumped to 25, meaning much bigger point gains and margins winners have become possible.

Sebastian Vettel won the most emphatic title by raw points in 2013, a season that had a lot in common with this one. The start was competitive: Vettel was one of four drivers to win the first six races. But after the summer break, Red Bull dominated and Vettel was never beaten.

Meanwhile, Vettel extended his 28-point lead to 155 over eventual runner-up Fernando Alonso. Now Verstappen, 116 points clear of Charles Leclerc, has a serious chance of improving on that. Not just because of the speed at which Verstappen has picked up wins, but Leclerc has only won two podiums in his last five starts.

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Most wins in a season

Michael Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello, Ferrari, Suzuka 2004
Schumacher’s record of 13 wins in one season is within reach

Michael Schumacher broke the record for most wins in a single season to 13 in 2004, when the calendar had 18 races. With 22 races contested this year, Verstappen clearly has a good chance of beating that, but he can match Schumacher’s feat of winning 13 out of 18 races if he takes the win in the next two.

Fastest laps in a season

Verstappen could also break the record for fastest laps in a single season, but that’s a tough question. He already has five, the most drivers this year, but must sweep the other six to break the record.

With other drivers set to claim the accompanying bonus point, that record should remain in the hands of Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen, who clocked 10 fastest laps each. Schumacher set the record in 2004 while Raikkonen equaled it in 2005 and 2008 – unusually, neither the year he won the world championship.

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Longest winning streak

Alberto Ascari, Ferrari, Nuerburgring Nordschelife, 1952
Ascari was the first driver to win nine consecutive races

It took six decades for anyone to equal the feat of Alberto Ascari who won nine races in a row. The Ferrari driver was undefeated in every race he entered from the 1952 Belgian Grand Prix until the same race a year later, having failed to take part in the Indianapolis 500 which took place at the same period and counted for the world championship.

Finally, in 2013, Vettel came in and won nine consecutive rounds, equaling Ascari’s record. This triumph ended the V8 engine era of F1. When the field came together at the start of the V6 hybrid turbo era, Vettel’s latest Red Bull was not the threat its predecessor had been, and it ended the season without a win.

Today, Red Bull is back on top and Verstappen has a strong chance of matching and surpassing the records of Ascari and Vettel. For proof, look where he got his last five victories. Only one was scored from pole position, the others came from as far down the grid as seventh, 10th and 14th. He has already won from seven different starting positions this year – a record in itself.

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First win record out of reach

Only Schumacher won the title in July

An important record that is already beyond Verstappen’s reach for this year is the first conclusion of a championship. Schumacher’s feat of locking the crown before August remains the norm.

Two decades ago, Schumacher won the world championship on July 21. It was the first conclusion to the title both by date and in terms of races remaining: there were still six rounds to go.

To you

Which of these records do you think Verstappen has a realistic chance of breaking? What does his dominance say about his performance and that of Red Bull this year? Have your say in the comments.

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