Ferrari Driver Academy member Mick Schumacher pointed out that more races being added to the Formula 1 calendar meant that at some point it would become inevitable that his father Michael’s record tally of 13 victories in a season would be broken. The one who achieved this performance is Max Verstappen, after the Red Bull Racing Dutch driver secured the win in the Mexico City Grand Prix last weekend.
Legendary F1 driver Michael Schumacher scored 13 victories for Scuderia Ferrari from 18 races in 2004, on his way to his seventh World title. Nine years later, his compatriot Sebastian Vettel also secured 13 Grands Prix victories from 19 rounds, as he won his fourth and final world title for Red Bull.
Ahead of last weekend’s race at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Max Verstappen was tied with both drivers on 13 race wins. With Ferrari out of contention due to the Mexico City altitude and thin air which affected the performance of the F1-75, the Dutchman went on to take another easy win that secured him a record-breaking 14th victory in 2022.
Former Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, who will end his F1 career after this season, urged Max Verstappen to finish the 2022 Formula 1 championship with 16 victories by taking the win in the last two rounds, the Brazilian Grand Prix and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but Ferrari junior Mick Schumacher feels it was only a matter of time before his father’s record was broken.
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As a result of Formula 1’s constant increase in popularity, the calendar has gradually expanded to a current 22 rounds, while for the next season there will in fact be 24 Grands Prix.
During his career spanning 1991-2006 and 2010-2012, the highest number of races Michael Schumacher took part in a single season was 20, in his final year, when he was not driving a Mercedes car capable of challenging for race wins.
“We compare 22 races to a few less races, so obviously that record was always going to be broken,” Mick Schumacher admitted, when asked about this topic after the Mexico City Grand Prix last weekend. – “We are increasing [the number of] races, so I am sure that when we increase to 24 races, things may look differently again.” – Ferrari Driver Academy member Mick Schumacher concluded.
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