Max Verstappen made it seven wins in a row with a lights-to-finish victory at the Hungaroring in the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix.
The Dutchman beat Lando Norris and Sergio Perez in second and third place respectively to continue Red Bull’s 100 percent win rate this season, with 12 wins on the trot, setting a new outright milestone in terms of successive race wins.
The staggering tally is now one clear of the 11 McLaren achieved with Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost during the 1988 season.
Lewis Hamilton’s hopes of turning his 104th pole into a 104th win were dashed at the start, as Verstappen accelerated away with the lead. The seven-time world champion dropped down to fifth but managed to salvage fourth place with a late overtake on the McLaren rookie, who crossed the line in fifth place.
Meanwhile, Charles Leclerc finished in sixth place but dropped behind the other Mercedes of George Russell after the race as a result of a five second penalty for speeding in the pit lane.
The next stop on the Formula 1 calendar is the iconic Spa-Francorchamps circuit for the Belgian GP on July 30.
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 23, 2023 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates after winning the Hungarian Grand Prix REUTERS/Marton Monus