Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2023

Verstappen matches Senna, Clark and Fangio with Canadian GP success

2023 Canadian Grand Prix stats and facts

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Max Verstappen and Red Bull both reached significant statistical landmarks with their victory in the Canadian Grand Prix. But it was not an entirely positive weekend for the team.

This was the 41st victory of Verstappen’s Formula 1 career, putting him level with three-times world champion Ayrton Senna. Before he had even debuted in F1, Red Bull’s motorsport advisor Helmut Marko had compared Verstappen to Senna, and now only four drivers in the history of F1 have more wins than the pair.

It took 171 races for Verstappen to reach that tally, while Senna did it in 158. Remarkably, Verstappen has scored more than half of his victories – 21 of those 41 wins – since the start of last season.

Verstappen also took his 25th pole position, moving ahead of Niki Lauda who he now matches for races started. His 48th front row start puts him level with Jim Clark and Juan Manuel Fangio.

Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Damon Hill, Adelaide, 1993
Senna scored his 41st and final victory at Adelaide in 1993
The 25 points for victory means Verstappen has scored more than 2,200 in his career, while the all-time record holder Lewis Hamilton has more than twice as many with over 4,500. Hamilton, of course, raced before the current scoring system was introduced, so his first wins scored 10 points instead of 25.

Hamilton is also the only driver now to have scored in more consecutive races than Verstappen. The Red Bull driver claimed points for the 27th race running last weekend, matching Kimi Raikkonen for second place on the all-time list. This was also Verstappen’s ninth podium appearance in a row.

Sergio Perez took the fastest lap for the 11th time in his F1 career in the other Red Bull, but the weekend was not a strong one for the driver who remains Verstappen’s closest title rival.

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At four of the eight rounds held so far this year he has failed to reach Q3. Having only scored six less points than Verstappen across the first four rounds, Perez has been outscored by 66 points since.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, 2019
Hamilton took Mercedes’ 100th win in Mexico four years ago
Since he overtook Perez for victory at the Miami Grand Prix with ten laps to go, Verstappen has been at the front of the field for 224 laps in a row, including three full races. The record for most consecutive laps spent in the lead is Alberto Ascari’s 304-lap run achieved in 1952. Verstappen has now led 10 F1 grands prix from start to finish in his career.

It was the 100th win for Red Bull, making them the fifth team to reach that landmark. They are the third-quickest to a century, having achieved it on their 355th race. Rivals Mercedes only took 207 races to take 100 wins, while Williams managed the feat in 316 races. McLaren and Ferrari reached 100 wins in 381 races and 459 races respectively.

However F1’s older teams joined the championship at a time when seasons had far fewer races. Ferrari were almost halfway into their fourth season in F1 by the time they racked up as many starts as there are races in the 2023 season.

A more representative way to look at how quickly they reached 100 is by seasons entered. Mercedes took just under 12 seasons of being an F1 constructor to rack up 100 victories, while Red Bull has done it in under 18-and-a-half seasons and Williams took 20 and a half. McLaren took just over 26 seasons, while Ferrari were in their 41st year of racing in F1 when their 100th win arrived.

Red Bull’s recent success in seasons that consist of more than 20 races is shown in that it took them longer than other F1 behemoths to reach 75 wins. That’s a landmark six teams have reached, with Mercedes quickest to get there (165 races), then Williams (270), Ferrari (287), McLaren (322), Red Bull (325) and the now defunct Lotus team (344).

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It took Red Bull 74 races before they were F1 winners, but only a further 23 races to rack up ten wins and another 26 races after that to reach the-quarter-century of wins. Their 50th victory came in their 177th start.

Williams headed a qualifying session for the first time since 2016
Out of Red Bull’s wins, 41% were scored by Verstappen (obviously!) and Sebastian Vettel won 38. The remained came from Mark Webber (nine), Daniel Ricciardo (seven) and Perez (five).

Fernando Alonso finished second behind Verstappen in Canada, with the Aston Martin driver taking the 104th podium finish of his career and putting him past Kimi Raikkonen into fifth in the all-time list.

Further down the order Haas’s Nico Hulkenberg moved past Gerhard Berger into 20th in the all-time list of laps raced in the world championship, having now completed 9,807 in his career, and Williams’ Alex Albon finished seventh which is his best result since the 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix when he was racing for Red Bull.

Albon topped the second stage of qualifying in Canada, putting Williams on top in a segment of qualifying for the first time in seven years. It was last done by Felipe Massa in Q1 at the 2016 Belgian Grand Prix.

F1 will return to Montreal next year to race at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for the 43rd time. Only four circuits have been raced on more times, and all of those are in Europe.

Have you spotted any other interesting stats and facts from the Canadian Grand Prix? Share them in the comments.

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15 comments on “Verstappen matches Senna, Clark and Fangio with Canadian GP success”

  1. Yuki Tsunoda’s 50th & Kevin Magnussen’s 150th GP.

    Red Bull Racing’s most recent win equals Seb’s consecutive-race win record from 2013, meaning if they win in Austria, that’d mean a record-breaking 10th successive victory.

    Furthermore, they’ve won on 30 different circuits, spanning five continents & more than half of their wins (52) have come from pole position.

    Seb was the last driver to lead three races in a row all the way through.

    Williams’ highest race result since the 2021 Belgian GP & more realistically, the highest since the previous round in Hungary.

    1. Red Bull winning 10 races would be a record for them (it’s currently their third 9 race streak), but the all-time record is held by McLaren at 11. There have been four further 10 race streaks (1 by Ferrari, 3 by Mercedes).

  2. Win percentage

    Fangio 24/51 47.06%
    Ascari 13/32 40.63%
    Clark 25/72 34.72%
    Hamilton 103/318 32.39%
    Schumi 91/307 29.64%

    Verstappen 41/171 23.98%

    1. he is making massive gains at the moment

    2. If you care to include those pesky Indy 500 from the fifties (then part of the official F1 calendar) we also have Lee Wallard (1/2, 50%) and Bill Vukovich, 2/5, 40%).

    3. If Verstappen wins the next 77 GPS out of 79 he will be on 118/250 47.20% which would beat Fangios record. Let’s say he retires at end of 2028. It will be around 130 GPs. Then his total would be 300. Then he would need 141 wins to beat the record. So 100 wins for the last 129 GPs.

  3. The laps led stat is fine, but I’d much rather know the distance led.
    In 1988, Senna led 264 consecutive laps between Britain and Italy, but 2 of those races included old Hockenheim (only 44 laps) and Spa (only 43 laps), so clearly laps led dilutes this dominance as all laps are not equal.
    Interestingly, despite Prost being in the other McLaren, it was Gerhard Berger’s Ferrari that bookended Senna’s run.

    1. @eurobrun StatsF1 has those. Senna’s 1988 run was 1435 kilometers. Ascari’s 2075 and Verstappen’s current one 927, which is incidentally the highest of all active drivers. Vettel holds the 21st century record at 1112 kilometers. Interestingly, he set this in 2012 – not 2013 when he won 9 races in a row.

      1. Excellent thank you. I think this is a much more informative stat.

  4. Jonathan Parkin
    21st June 2023, 15:39

    Verstappen can beat Nigel Mansell (235 laps in the lead) if he leads another ten laps. Then it’s only Ayrton Senna and Alberto Ascari ahead of him

    1. Another dominant win without an early pit stop at Austria and it will be 71 more laps, just 8 laps shy of the Alberto Ascari record. Then a decent start at Silverstone and the new record will be done.

      This year it looks like Max can also beat the %laps ahead in a season but I don’t know where it stands now.

  5. So ferrari is the slowest team to hit 100 wins, not surprised, though at least they stay around in good and bad periods; mercedes being the fastest is also no surprise, the only surprise is that williams did it faster than red bull, even as someone who remembers williams as a top team.

  6. Remarkably, Verstappen has scored more than half of his victories – 21 of those 41 wins – since the start of last season.

    Remarkable, anyone would think he was in a massively dominant car. Oh, he is.

    1. so was lewis. what’s the point?

  7. Ocon has started 9th, 8th, 7th and 6th on his last 4 visits to Canada.

    Car 55, who finished 5th in the Championship in both 2021 and 2022, currently sits 5th in the Championship having finished 4 of the last 5 races in 5th.

    Verstappen, Perez, Alonso and Hamilton all have two 2nd place finishes this season.

    Williams and Mercedes are the only teams to have had more than one mechanical DNF so far this year.

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