Verstappen Clinches World Championship in July

Max Verstappen had a record-breaking year in Formula 1, achieving the most wins in a season, the highest number of points ever scored by a driver in an F1 season, and the biggest gap to the second-placed driver, Sergio Perez; he effectively secured the world title after the Belgian Grand Prix in July.

Highlights

‣ Max Verstappen had a record-breaking year in F1, achieving the most wins in one season, the highest number of points ever scored by a driver in an F1 season, and the biggest gap to the second-place driver.
‣ Verstappen was already world champion ahead of the end of the season, according to Jan Lammers, a former F1 driver and current sporting director of the Dutch GP.
‣ Verstappen started the Dutch Grand Prix in early September with 314 points, a number none of his competitors matched by the end of the season.
‣ In retrospect, Verstappen had already secured the world title after the Belgian Grand Prix, which finished on 30 July.


Max Verstappen’s year has been one for the record books. The guy’s been on fire, racking up the most wins in a single season, scoring the highest number of points ever by a driver in an F1 season, and leaving a massive gap to number two (that’s Sergio Perez, by the way). Now that all the rankings are in, we can look back and see when Verstappen was actually already world champion.

GPblog had a chat with Jan Lammers before the Qatar Grand Prix. The hot topic? Verstappen’s impending world title, which he could indeed definitively celebrate that weekend. Lammers, a former F1 driver with 23 Grands Prix under his belt, had some prophetic words to share.

Lammers said something along the lines of, “If we are going to look at his points total at the end of the year later on, we will find out that, at the time we are having this conversation, he was long since champion.” He even suggested that if you take the points standings at Zandvoort, maybe Verstappen was already champion then. But, we’d only know that at the end of the season. Lammers, who’s the current sporting director of the Dutch GP, told us this at the time.

Fast forward to the Dutch Grand Prix in early September. Verstappen started with a whopping 314 points already scored. Now that the entire season is behind him, it’s clear that none of the competitors matched that number in the end. Perez finished the ’23 season with 285 points.

Looking back, it seems that after the Belgian Grand Prix, which wrapped up on 30 July, Verstappen already had the world title in the bag.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
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