Max Verstappen can break Sebastian Vettel Red Bull record at Azerbaijan Grand Prix

MAX VERSTAPPEN heads to Azerbaijan trying to lengthen his lead on the prime of the world championship standings, however he additionally has one other aim in his sights.

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Max Verstappen has a chance to interrupt a exceptional Purple Bull document set by Sebastian Vettel on the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. F1 will transfer to the Baku Metropolis Circuit subsequent Sunday and the Dutchman will purpose to extend his slender lead on the prime of the motive force’s championship.

The 24-year-old had a nightmare race on the observe final season as he retired as a consequence of a left-rear tyre failure on the primary straight which brought about him to spin and crash into the limitations on lap 46. Vettel completed second whereas Sergio Perez took the win. However now he can neglect fully about that catastrophe, with Verstappen having the prospect to change into Purple Bull’s prime podium finisher ever if he finishes inside the highest three.

Vettel achieved 65 podiums throughout his five-year stint with Purple Bull, through which he captured 4 world championship titles. Verstappen is at present stage with the German and is in a powerful place to interrupt that document subsequent weekend.

What makes his document extra spectacular is he has achieved the feat having received only one world title thus far in comparison with his legendary counterpart. For the second successive yr, Verstappen finds himself within the midst of an intense title race.

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Max Verstappen can break Sebastian Vettel Red Bull record at Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Max Verstappen is on the cusp of breaking a Purple Bull document set by Sebastian Vettel (Picture: GETTY)

He gained the championship lead for the primary time this season after successful the Spanish GP and has already engaged in some tantalising battles with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc on the observe. The racer defined {that a} good automotive and the sensation of realizing he’ll win future races means he feels no stress within the ongoing title battle.

“I feel it would not actually matter the place you’re within the championship versus second [place],” Verstappen advised journalists forward of the Monaco GP through which Sergio Perez received and the Dutchman got here third. “It is extra about what [performance] you might have within the automotive. In case your automotive is sweet and you realize that you may win races sooner or later then it isn’t a lot stress.

“I feel as Formulation One drivers, we have been within the sport for some time and we all know what we are able to do. A minimum of from my expertise, it would not actually make a distinction. I simply wish to have an excellent automotive as a result of that offers you the arrogance to do effectively.”

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Max Verstappen can break Sebastian Vettel Red Bull record at Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel loved a fruitful time with Purple Bull and Max Verstappen is hoping to emulate him (Picture: GETTY)

Verstappen mentioned Purple Bull did a ‘superb job’ to make sure a victory for Perez and a third-place end for himself in Monaco. “Right this moment was actually about technique and making the best calls. And I’ve to say the staff was very relaxed and on it with their calls, like, very easy,” he mentioned afterwards. 

“There was little question. It was like: ‘pit now, we go on this tyre’, ‘pit now once more we go on this tyre’. They did a very good job with that. And sure, I feel as a complete staff we could be very happy with Sunday.”

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