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Max Verstappen Aims to Break Michael Schumacher’s Record at Singapore GP: A Potential Historic Triumph

In the upcoming Singapore Grand Prix, two-time F1 champion Max Verstappen is on the verge of surpassing a major record held by Michael Schumacher. If he wins, it will mark his victory on a 24th different circuit, edging closer to Lewis Hamilton’s record.

Key Takeaways:

  • Dominating Season: Max Verstappen has dominated the 2023 F1 season in the Red Bull RB19, winning 12 out of 14 races, and setting a record with ten consecutive wins at the Italian Grand Prix.
  • Record-Breaking Aspirations: A win in Singapore would place Verstappen second in the all-time category for winning at different circuits, surpassing Michael Schumacher and inching closer to Lewis Hamilton’s record of 31.
  • Verstappen’s Anticipation: Looking forward to the Singapore night race, Verstappen acknowledges the challenge of the revised Marina Bay Circuit, highlighting the intensified competition and the need to overcome last year’s disappointment.

The Formula 1 world is buzzing with anticipation as Max Verstappen, the two-time F1 world champion, stands on the brink of eclipsing an impressive record set by the legendary Michael Schumacher. The Singapore Grand Prix could be a defining moment for the Dutch driver, currently leading the charge in what has been an exceptional 2023 season.

Verstappen’s performance this season with the Red Bull RB19 has been nothing short of phenomenal. With the team clinching victories in all 14 races thus far, Verstappen’s personal tally stands at an astonishing 12 wins, including a record-setting streak at the Italian Grand Prix where he notched his tenth consecutive victory.

The stakes at the Singapore Grand Prix are high for Verstappen. A victory at the Marina Bay Circuit would mean winning at a 24th different track, a feat that would surpass the record of F1 icon Michael Schumacher. This achievement would place Verstappen second only to Lewis Hamilton, who has won at an unmatched 31 circuits during his career.

In their Singapore Grand Prix preview, the Red Bull team highlighted the significance of this race for Verstappen, stating, “Max is attempting to win a Grand Prix at a 24th different circuit this weekend, which would surpass Michael Schumacher for second in the all-time category and close in on Lewis Hamilton (31 different circuits). Max seeks a record 11th consecutive win this weekend, meanwhile he has become the first driver in history to win at least 12 races in two different seasons, doing so in consecutive years.”

Verstappen, looking ahead to the challenge, shared his thoughts on the upcoming race. He said, “I’m looking forward to the night race in Singapore. Marina Bay is a cool circuit. This year it will be interesting to see how the revised track layout will impact the general behavior and set up of the car, I think the lap times will be much quicker.”

Acknowledging the heightened competition and the demanding nature of the street circuit, he added, “Singapore is probably going to be the most challenging weekend out of the upcoming races as the stakes are heightened on a street circuit and the field is usually very close, not to mention the heat and humidity. Last year we had a very unlucky weekend, hopefully this year it will go a bit better and we’ll of course do our best to make sure we score maximum points this weekend.”

As the lights go out in Singapore, all eyes will be on Verstappen as he vies for a place in the history books, embodying the relentless spirit and competitive edge that Formula 1 embodies.

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