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How many wins does Max Verstappen have in F1?

Jake Nichol December 12, 2021
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Max Verstappen has claimed a maiden F1 world title, but how many F1 grand prix wins does he currently have? And which odd record does he currently hold in terms of most wins in F1?

Verstappen has started 137 grands prix since his debut at the 2015 Australian Grand Prix.

The Dutchman has posted 20 wins for Red Bull since his promotion from the junior Toro Rosso squad early in the 2016 season.

He is the only Dutchman to win a grand prix, and his tally is currently good enough for 17th on the all-time wins list.

Verstappen is also the youngest driver to ever win an F1 grand prix.

In a thrilling one-lap shootout in Abu Dhabi, Verstappen muscled past Lewis Hamilton to take the title after a late safety car.

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Max Verstappen F1 race wins

Red Bull promoted Verstappen into the senior team ahead of the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix.

Danill Kvyat was the man to make way, as Verstappen stepped up to partner Daniel Ricciardo.

It proved to be an historic weekend in F1 history.

On the first lap, Mercedes teammates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton took each other out in their famous collision.

This left Red Bull and Ferrari fighting for the win.

Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen were on a two-stop strategy, whereas Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel were on a three.

The former proved to be the better strategy as Verstappen held off Raikkonen’s challenge for lap after lap.

He would cross the line to win the race at just 18 years, 227 days old.

Verstappen took Vettel’s records as the youngest driver to win a race, and claim a podium, by just over two years.

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It’s a record that will likely never be beaten.

He did not win again in 2016, as Mercedes crushed the opposition.

Max Verstappen finds F1 wins hard to come by

Red Bull were left behind by the 2017 regulation changes, but Verstappen did take further wins that year in Malaysia and Mexico.

For 2018, Red Bull once again could not compete with Mercedes on a regular basis.

Verstappen took victory in Red Bull’s home race in Austria, after both Mercedes’ conked out and a pit-strategy mis-step.

Later in the season, Verstappen would defend his victory in Mexico – the high altitude playing to the strengths of the package.

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But Red Bull had grown tired of Renault’s inability to provide a competitive power unit.

The partnership was terminated in 2018, with Honda coming aboard for 2019.

The Honda years begin

Across the first two seasons of the Red Bull-Honda alliance, Verstappen took five F1 wins.

In 2019, he won in Austria (after a late barge past Charles Leclerc), a wet/dry classic in Germany and in Brazil.

That win in Germany made Verstappen the first driver not called Lewis Hamilton to win a rain-affected race since Daniel Ricciardo in Hungary 2014.

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Last season, Mercedes’ W11 was the class of the field, leaving Red Bull trailing with its rear-end instability.

At a sweltering Silverstone, Verstappen won the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix as Mercedes devoured its tyres.

In the season-finale, Verstappen put down a marker in the RB16, winning in Abu Dhabi.

Max Verstappen F1 wins by year

  • 2016 – 1 win (Spain)
  • 2017 – 2 wins (Malaysia, Mexico)
  • 2018 – 2 wins (Austria, Mexico)
  • 2019 – 3 wins (Austria, Germany, Brazil)
  • 2020 – 2 wins (70th Anniversary, Abu Dhabi)
  • 2021 – 10 wins (Emilia Romagna, Monaco, France, Styria, Austria, Belgium, Holland, United States, Mexico City, Abu Dhabi)
  • Up to and including 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

The first championship challenge

With the 2020 cars largely carried over into ’21 as a stop-gap measure, Verstappen has finally had a car to match Hamilton’s Mercedes.

New rules were introduced to trim downforce and reduce the area of the floor of the car.

Red Bull adapted better than Mercedes to this thanks to its high-rake philosophy – where the rear of the car is higher than the front.

In the second race of 2021, Verstappen won a wet/dry race at Imola as Hamilton salvaged second.

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He would dominate in Monaco to record Red Bull’s first win in the principality since Mark Webber’s 2012 success.

But for a late tyre failure in Azerbaijan, Verstappen could well have won five races in a row.

He bounced back after Baku to win in France, before doing a double at the Red Bull Ring.

He won the Styrian GP before following up a week later in the Austrian GP, as Hamilton could only manage a second and fourth.

Its a far-stretch to call the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix a race, but it will stand in the record books.

Verstappen was awarded the win after the race was abandoned due to heavy rain after just one lap.

Seven days later, in front of his home crowd at the first Dutch GP since 1985, Verstappen dominated on his way to his 17th win in F1.

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His next victory came in the US as F1 returned to Austin.

He used a two-stop strategy to narrowly pip Hamilton to the win.

Verstappen fought his way through back-marker traffic to fend off Hamilton’s late charge.

It was Red Bull’s first win in the US since Sebastian Vettel in 2013.

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In Mexico City, Verstappen started third behind Bottas and Hamilton as Red Bull fluffed in qualifying.

Car #33 got the jump on the Mercs on the run to Turn 1, sailing around the outside.

After a safety car at the start, Verstappen checked out, leaving Hamilton trailing in his wake.

He cruised to his ninth win of the season, extending his points lead over Hamilton yet again.

He was denied the fastest lap by Bottas on the final tour, taking away the extra bonus point from Verstappen.

After finishing second to Hamilton in Brazil, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the two went to Abu Dhabi level on points in the championship.

Red Bull did not have the pace to match Mercedes and Hamilton at Yas Marina.

But a late race safety car and one lap shootout handed Verstappen the race win and title.

The unusual wins record Verstappen held

Verstappen’s Dutch GP win handed him an F1 wins record from Sir Stirling Moss.

The win moved Verstappen above Moss as the winner of the most grands prix without winning the world title.

Moss claimed 16 wins and finished runner-up four times in the 1950s, but could never take the world title.

Drivers such as Damon Hill and Nico Rosberg also took this record from Moss, but handed it back after they claimed their sole titles in 1996 and 2016, respectively.

The record has now been returned to Moss after Verstappen clinched his title in Abu Dhabi.

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Jake can usually be found writing about or watching anything to do with motorsport – from Formula 1 to NASCAR to British Truck Racing. His work as a motorsport journalist has been published by the likes of Autosport, Motorsport.com and Motorsport News – all highly respected names. Away from racing he is a keen amateur astronomer, podcast listener and enjoys long walks in the park with his three dogs.