Max Verstappen has said he will try to win more Grands Prix after he broke the Formula One record for the most wins in a single season. The victory in Mexico was the 14th event the Dutchman has won this year, making him the outright holder of the accolade he previously shared with Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel.
Verstappen led the race from lights out to chequered flag after taking pole position yesterday, securing first place ahead of Lewis Hamilton by over 15 seconds. The win helped the Dutchman take his 14th win of the season, setting the record for most victories within a single Formula One season – surpassing the precedent he had previously set along with Schumacher and Vettel.
Speaking after the race Verstappen insisted he would go for more wins as he looks to extend his record.
“It’s been an incredible year so far,” he said when asked about his record. “We are definitely enjoying it and we’ll try to go for more.”
It had looked like Hamilton could challenge for the win during the early stages of the Grand Prix as Mercedes plumped for a different tyre strategy to Red Bull. However, the hard tyre did not react as the team had hoped to allow the 25-year-old to manage his mediums to come home under little pressure.
Verstappen admitted that he felt keeping the lead at the first corner was key to how his race played out, with the Grand Prix becoming something of a tyre management task afterwards.
“That helped me a lot for the rest of the race to stay in the lead on lap one,” he explained. “Of course, we’re also on a different strategy to the cars around us. An incredible result, the pace of the car was again really nice. We had to look after our tyres because it was a very long stint on the medium, but we made it work.”
Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez finished off the podium in his home race after getting past Mercedes driver George Russell through the first few corners.
The 32-year-old is understandably hugely popular in Mexico and his presence within the top three encouraged wild scenes within the crowd.
Verstappen was keen to praise the atmosphere that the fans had helped to bring over the race weekend and admitted he loved racing at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
“We’ve had a big crowd,” he said. “It’s amazing. It’s an incredible atmosphere and we love to come here.”