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Verstappen breaks incredible ALL-TIME F1 record with 2023 title

Verstappen breaks incredible ALL-TIME F1 record with 2023 title

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Verstappen breaks incredible ALL-TIME F1 record with 2023 title

Verstappen breaks incredible ALL-TIME F1 record with 2023 title

Max Verstappen has smashed almost every record in front of him in 2023, and he's even created new ones with his RB19.

His latest astonishing feat was sealed at the season-ending Abu Dhabi GP where he strolled to a 19th win of the campaign, taking his points tally to 575.

That means he has more than doubled the tally of second-placed Sergio Perez, his Red Bull team-mate, which has never happened in F1 before.

2009 world champion Jenson Button was among the first to point out the remarkable feat, asking if anyone had got close before, and GPFans' Chris Deeley revealed that – in fact – no, they hadn't.

Max Verstappen has become almost unstoppable and that is a frightening thought for F1

The closest challengers

A couple of drivers have got close to doubling their nearest title rivals previously but that was also when there were fewer points on offer.

Nigel Mansell came within four points of the remarkable accomplishment when he became champion of the world in 1992, missing out on doubling up his team-mate Riccardo Patrese.

Sir Jackie Stewart also came within four points during his title season of 1971, beating Ronnie Peterson.

Michael Schumacher also got close during his dominant Ferrari years, particularly in 2003 when he was seven points away from doubling David Coulthard's total for McLaren.

READ MORE: Unstoppable Verstappen is a MAJOR PROBLEM for F1

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