'Hopefully We Can Score a Few More' Says Record-Breaking Verstappen After Mexico GP Win

'Hopefully We Can Score a Few More' Says Record-Breaking Verstappen After Mexico GP Win
Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing having his annual portrait — Photo by filedimage

Max Verstappen admits his latest record-breaking feat shows him and his team Red Bull are having an “incredible year” after claiming his 14th Grand Prix victory of the season on Sunday.

Verstappen won the Mexican Grand Prix from Lewis Hamilton and Sergio Perez, meaning he equalled Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel’s jointly held single season record of 14 race wins.

The Dutchman also set a new record for most points in a season, moving to 416, with two races to come.

“I mean, we have a Sprint race in Brazil, and hopefully we can score a few more,” Verstappen said after Sunday’s win.

“But I mean, it’s not about that. At the end of the day it’s about trying to win a championship and it doesn’t matter by how many points you do it but it does show we are having an incredible year.”

Mercedes driver Hamilton was jeered by the fans in Mexico City as he claimed a podium ahead of local hero Perez.

“It has definitely been a bit awkward this time around with boos all day, but nonetheless I have so much love for Mexico and the people here,” Hamilton said.

“What a great race and event this weekend. I was so close in the first stint, but the Red Bulls were clearly too fast today and also maybe they had the better tyre strategy.”

McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo wound back the clock to be voted the driver of the day, finishing in seventh behind the Red Bulls, Mercedes and Ferraris, while also revealing he won’t have an F1 seat next season, but hopes to return in 2024.

“I can confidently say that I won’t be on the grid behind a wheel,” Ricciardo told Sky Sports F1. “But I still want to be in the sport, and I want to be working with a team still with the ambition to be back on the grid in 2024.

“I feel like a bit of time away from a race seat will do me good, and then try to rebuild on something for 2024. I’m not done but it will look a bit different.”

Ben somerford
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