MAX VERSTAPPEN can win the Formula One title at the Singapore Grand Prix
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Max Verstappen can surpass both Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel if he wins the Formula One title at the Singapore Grand Prix. The Dutchman would match Michael Schumacher’s record of claiming the accolade with five races to go better than the Aston Martin driver on four and the Mercedes man’s three.
Red Bull star Verstappen has been the dominant force in Formula One this season, overcoming a poor start which was plagued by mechanical problems to lead the driver’s standings by 116 points from Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc. He has won 11 of the 16 races so far, including five of the last five to give his opponents very little chance of catching him.
He can now win the title in the next race in Singapore, five races before the season officially comes to an end in Abu Dhabi in November. For this to happen, the 24-year-old must beat Leclerc by 22 points, Red Bull colleague Sergio Perez by 13 and Brit George Russell by six. In practice, that means Verstappen must win the race with Leclerc ninth or lower, while Perez would have to be fourth or lower without the fastest lap.
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Max Verstappen could surpass Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel in Singapore (Image: GETTY)
Given the reigning will champions current form the outcome is well within the realms of possibility meaning he would equal Schumacher’s record set during his spell of dominance with Ferrari in 2002. It would also be better than the best set by Vettel and Hamilton with the German winning with four races to go during his outstanding 2011 season while the Brit won the trophy with three races to go in both 2015 and 2020.
It is not the only record that Verstappen could have in his sights with the most victories in a single season firmly within his sights. The target currently sits at 13, set by Schumacher in 2004 while Vettel did the same in 2013. The Dutchman would need to take just two of the next six to match it while taking just half would see him take the accolade outright. Given his performances this year it seems more a matter of ‘when’ not ‘if’ he claims this feat.
Max Verstappen can win the Formula One title in Singapore (Image: GETTY)
Verstappen will soon be switching his focus solely to next season as he looks to build on his current dominance within the sport. The race in Singapore gives him an opening to wrap the title up in quick time however given the large gap to Leclerc it will require, sealing the title in the following race in Japan may end up being the most likely outcome.