F1 champ Max Verstappen sets sights on Canadian GP victory despite missing Lewis Hamilton rivalry: “Honestly, I enjoyed 2021”

The new-gen prodigy Max Verstappen has recently showcased his ‘A-game’ on the tracks at the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya in Spain. Now the reigning champion looks forward to continuing his winning streak in the upcoming Canadian Grand Prix.

Evaluating his past year, Max seems to miss his rivalry with fellow legend Lewis Hamilton. The competition today is still steep but the Belgium-born fighter probably wants to test his might against one of the sport’s all-time greats.

Max Verstappen sets sights on next victory

Super Max has won 5 out of the 7 races in the 2023 season, the 25-year-old comfortably sits 53 points ahead of his teammate Sergio Perez on the Drivers’ Championship leaderboard. The Dutch driver has been in front of the pack since lap 48 of the Miami Grand Prix and has led a total of 154 laps since.

Sunday’s win would be Red Bull Racings’ 100th in Formula 1. Making it the 5th team to achieve a century of Grand Prix wins alongside McLaren, Ferrari, Williams, and Mercedes.


Verstappen evaluated the track for his upcoming race, “This track is unique. You get to ride some old-school kerbs and the scenery is quite cool too. The car set-up has to be a balance between straight-line and running well over the kerbs well.”

Max Verstappen’s rivalry with Lewis Hamilton

When asked about his dominance in the sport Max said, “It’s nice sometimes to have good competition. Honestly, I enjoyed 2021 but also enjoyed the way 2022 went”.

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The 2021 season had fans on the edge of their seats up until the final lap of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix when the 25-year-old secured the title under controversial circumstances from the 7-time world champion. In the 2022 season, Verstappen initially faced reliability issues but continued to comfortably win the title 146 points ahead of rival Charles Leclerc with Sir Lewis Hamilton finishing 6th.  

The Dutch driver understands how one team dominating the sport can be boring to the fans however, he believes a competitive season depends upon Mercedes and Ferrari improving their performance in order to give the fans an eventful season like 2021.

When asked whether Super Max could win every race in the 2023 season based on his performance so far he said, “If you look at how we are performing now, yes, but it is very unrealistic”. Further explaining the impossibility of the task since each race has multiple unpredictable variables which may hinder their desired results.

So far both Red Bull drivers have won all 7 races between them, the Milton-Keynes based team is no doubt in command this season but with 15 races to go Mad Max will have to keep an eye out for two-time world champion Fernando Alonso in an extremely competitive Aston Martin and 7-time world champion Sir Lewis Hamilton in his Mercedes W14.


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