The young half-Dutch half-Belgian driver has been pretty much unstoppable this season. Last weekend in Monza, Verstappen scored his fifth consecutive win, and extended his lead over Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc to 116 points. If he further extends it by next 17 points in Singapore, mathematically the title is already his. Additionally, he’s only two victories shy from Vettel’s and Schumacher’s record of wins in a season.
After Monza, Verstappen spoke about the feelings related to the current winning streak. In the post-race press conference, he said: “We are having an amazing year, and it's important to enjoy it as well. I think we've had a lot of different challenges on different kinds of tracks and now the car really seems to work at every track. And yeah, we are extremely pleased.”
How the championship fight is panning out this season, is a stark contrast to how it has been the year prior, and the fight between Mercedes and Red Bull. Fortunately for the team based in Milton Keynes, not only their own performance is top of their game, but Ferrari’s performance is definitely helping them lead the way in the championship. When fighting Mercedes, the title was claimed in the last race of the season. When fighting Ferrari, the title can belong to Verstappen with Five races to go.
Verstappen said that his current success in F1 is similar to his final year in karting, but that doing it in F1 feels obviously different. As he said: “At the time, your goal is Formula 1, so of course you're enjoying what you're achieving, but you also think there's such a long way still left before you get to Formula 1.
“So it's a bit of a different wave of excitement and what you feel. But that final year in go-karting was nice too.”
Will Verstappen win the title in Singapore? Or will Ferrari be capable of harnessing the missing last ounces of performance to put a fight for it?