Following his team-mate's triumph in Baku, Verstappen rebounded with an impressive 17 victories in the remaining races, with a sole setback after a Q2 exit in Singapore, a race claimed by Ferrari's Carlos Sainz.
Max the milestone man
Now, Verstappen has unveiled the unconventional strategy employed in Abu Dhabi, shedding light on his quest for statistical milestones in addition to his on-track dominance.
“Well, it was simple. I wanted to stay out longer so as not to jeopardise my 1000 laps in the lead," he told Blick.
Verstappen's strategic prowess paid off handsomely as he triumphantly crossed the chequered flag at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, capping off his championship-winning season in grand style.
Leading the pack for an astounding 1,003 laps in 2023, he outshone the rest of the field, exceeding their combined total laps led from the previous year by more than threefold.
In a staggering display of team dominance, Verstappen's team-mate Perez secured the second-highest count with 146 laps led, while no other driver managed to breach the century mark.
Sainz, Leclerc, Norris, and Hamilton emerged as the exclusive group to surpass ten laps at the front.
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