Not only because Checo Pérez could win at home, Max Verstappen is looking for an all-time record for wins in one year
Max Verstappen has a chance to be the driver with the most race wins in a single season. He currently has 13 victories and there are three dates left in the Formula 1 season, including the appointment at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez, where he has won three times.
The Mexico City Grand Prix, the 20th date on the calendar, receives a category with world champion, Max Verstappen, and the champion team, Red Bul, who were recently crowned in the United States with the victory of ‘Mad Max’ and fourth place by Czech Perez.
However, Max Verstappen will look for the 14th victory of the season in Mexico, which would take him away from Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel and would leave him as the most successful driver in a single year – with two more dates to extend the mark.
This will be the second Grand Prix of Mexico, since the country returned to F1 in 2015, that receives the series with a defined champion -in 2015 Lewis Hamilton arrived as champion-. On other occasions, like last year, the world titles were in competition and on a couple of occasions, 2017 and 2018, the champion was defined on Mexican soil (Lewis Hamilton).
But Formula 1 could have its top competition winner in a season in Mexico. And the Mexican fans, on the other hand, could see the first triumph of a Mexican at home. Difficult situation, although Verstappen has already pointed out that he will not give Checo anything for free: “As a team we always try to be first and second, and as a driver I always try to win more races.”
And Helmut Marko echoed the Dutchman by pointing out that there will be no team orders: “We don’t give team orders, I don’t think it’s necessary; the two drivers have the same support, that (being second) depends on him (Checo Pérez) Marko emphasized in the United States.
Max Verstappen’s worst rival to achieve his personal best in the AHR is his teammate. Checo Pérez will seek this weekend to enlarge his legend by becoming the first Mexican to win the Mexican GP –last year he was third and it is the best result of a national in said race-.
And if the motivation of winning at home is not enough, Checo Pérez is looking to be runner-up in the category and needs points, victories, to overcome Charles Leclerc: it should be noted that Red Bull has never had the champion and runner-up of a season –Mark Webber he could not get it when Sebastian Vettel achieved his four crowns–.
Max Verstappen, 25 years old, is called to be the great star of Formula 1 for the next decade. He is already the youngest driver to make his debut in the category (17 years, 5 months and 15 days), a difficult mark to beat in the coming years, more so with the Superlicense system now managed by the FIA. He is also the youngest to win a race (Spain at 18 years, 7 months and 15 days, displacing Vettel).
He has other marks of precocity and this weekend he would add another record to his record, which already has 33 victories –sixth in F1 after passing Fernando Alonso; he follows Ayrton Senna with 41-. If he does not succeed in Mexico, he will have two more opportunities, however, not every year there is such a dominant hustle and bustle and surely ‘Mad Max’ will want to assert that dominance to reach 16 victories, a number that scares for times to come of F1.