Max Verstappen jokes it would be ‘terrible’ to be stuck on same number of career wins as Lewis Hamilton’s car number as he takes dig at rival after victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix
- Max Verstappen aimed a dig at Lewis Hamilton after celebrating another victory
- He joked he didn’t want his win number to be the same as Hamilton’s car
- Verstappen took the victory to record his ninth win in eleven races this year
The all-conquering Dutchman beat pole-sitter Hamilton to the opening bend at the Hungaroring before going on to lead every lap and claim his seventh successive win and 44th of his career.
‘Hopefully I don’t stay on 44 for too long,’ joked Verstappen. ‘That would be terrible I need to get to 45 quickly.’
The evidence of the season so far would suggest Verstappen’s wait will last only a week with Spa-Francorchamps the venue for the final round before the summer break of this most one-sided of campaigns.
Indeed, Red Bull will head into next Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix unbeaten from the opening 11 rounds of 22, setting a new record on Sunday with their 12th consecutive win.
Max Verstappen was all smiles as he celebrated another victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix
Verstappen joked it would be terrible to be stuck on same number wins as Lewis Hamilton’s number 44 car
The perfect dozen includes the final round of last season in Abu Dhabi, eclipsing McLaren’s 11 in a row in 1988 when Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost were at the wheel.
‘Twelve wins in a row is just incredible,’ added Verstappen, who is now 110 points clear at the summit of the world championship on his unstoppable march towards a hat-trick of titles.
‘What we’ve been doing for the last two years has been unbelievable. Hopefully we can keep this momentum going for a long time. We always want to do better but days like this are just perfect.’
Verstappen, 25, crossed the line more than half-a-minute clear of runner-up Lando Norris to record his ninth win of the season and retain Red Bull’s chance of becoming the first team in F1 history to complete a perfect campaign.
Max Verstappen crosses the line and chalks-up his ninth win in eleven races this season
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said: ‘As a young kid I remember watching Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna under the incredible leadership of Ron Dennis achieve that feat (11 wins in a row) and to think we have bettered that is something all the team in Budapest and back in Milton Keynes have worked so hard for and means so much.
‘Max is a driver totally at one with himself in the car and with total confidence and trust in the team. We are witnessing a sportsman at the top of his game and he is a joy to work with.
‘Max is a modest guy and he is uncomfortable with the plaudits he is given, but he deserves all the credit he is getting at the moment.’