Verstappen Breaks 3000 Laps Lead, Eyes New Records

At the Suzuka circuit, the Dutch driver’s victory propelled him beyond the remarkable milestone of leading over 3000 laps, solidifying his fourth-place standing in this unique ranking.

Max Verstappen’s command in recent Formula 1 seasons, under the banner of Red Bull, has etched his name in the annals of the sport, setting numerous records or inching closer to elite milestones.

During the latest Japanese Grand Prix, although not setting a new record, the three-time world champion achieved a personal milestone highlighting his streak of triumphs. In Suzuka, the 26-year-old crossed the threshold of 3000 laps led throughout his career, a testament to his enduring dominance.

This achievement reinforces his position in fourth place within this distinct leaderboard, extending his lead over the late Ayrton Senna, who rounds out the top five with 2931 laps, just ahead of his legendary adversary, Alain Prost. Verstappen’s next target is another driver who secured four world championships with Red Bull, Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel, recently in the spotlight regarding rumors of a potential Formula 1 comeback during the Japanese GP week, has completed 3501 laps, just over 500 more than Verstappen. At the top of the list, with more than 5000 laps each, are two drivers tied for the most world championship titles.

While Lewis Hamilton leads with 5455 laps, Michael Schumacher follows with 5111 laps. Furthermore, Verstappen matched Schumacher’s record for the most consecutive victories in Japan, with three consecutive wins from 2021 to 2022, a feat Schumacher achieved with Ferrari from 2000 to 2002.