Red Bull driver Max Verstappen says he would be willing to race beyond his 40th birthday if doing so would buy him sufficient time to match Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton’s Formula 1 Grand Prix records. The 23-year-old finished third in Sunday’s Portuguese Grand Prix. Hamilton following a dominant display claimed his 92nd F1 victory from team mate Valtteri Bottas. The victory made of Hamilton the most successful driver in the history of Formula 1.
Verstappen is at a youthful 23 already one of the more experienced drivers in F1 – with an impressive 113 race starts to show for his career so far. He made his Formula One debut when he was just 17 years old.
The celebrated young Red Bull driver experienced quite the first lap during Sunday’s race – this after his car connected with that of Mexican driver Sergio Perez, who races for Racing Point. The connect sent the Mexican spinning, forcing the Perez into an early pit stop. Both drivers eventually recovered, with Verstappen comfortably climbing all the way to a podium finish.
Hamilton too, struggled with first lap drama, including a nail-biting oversteer going through Turn No. 7. All of the above ultimately led to a first lap order dominated by Bottas – followed by Carlos Sainz, then Hamilton, then Lando Norris, and with a recovering Verstappen trailing behind in fifth place.
Hamilton wasted no time moving back into the lead – all of 8 seconds ahead of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, while Verstappen’s lapping of team mate Alex Albon happened with around 15 laps remaining.
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