Reigning Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen already has one hand on his second title with a 116-point lead over championship rival Charles Leclerc. It’s only a matter of time before he is crowned champion given that there are only 156 points for grabs. He can mathematically win the championship as soon as this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix.
While the championship battle started off heavily in the Ferrari driver’s favor, however, since then Max Verstappen has shown consistency and dominance that matches F1 legends like Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher. Verstappen has won 11 out of 16 races this season and three of those have come from low grid positions like 7th(Italy), 14th(Belgium), and 10th(Hungary).
Max Verstappen to win 2022 championship?
This year’s title win now seems inevitable for the Dutchman, as compared to last year, but he has shown a trait that he has never shown in the past, one that he shares with all F1 greats- The ability to make the exceptional seem boring through utter dominance.
Verstappen has a fast car, but the ability to extract the most out of the package and convert low grid positions into race wins is something that only a champion possesses. This can be put into perspective by comparing Verstappen’s stats to his teammate Sergio Perez, who in the same car is 125 points behind and has only 1 race win. This is the level of dominance Verstappen has shown this season.
Max Verstappen has tallied a total of 31 F1 wins, which puts him 7th on the list of the most number of race wins by a driver, behind Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Fernando Alonso, and Sebastian Vettel.