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Max Verstappen rose up the historic F1 rankings and broke numerous records in 2023, so here are even more milestones the three-time world champion could achieve in 2024.

Continuous series of victories
Last September, Max Verstappen broke the record for consecutive Formula One victories with 10 in a row, topping Sebastian Vettel (who had 9 in a row at the end of the 2013 season). If you combine two seasons, he could soon go one step further. Following his setback in Singapore, the Dutchman won the last seven races of the 2023 season. As a result, he needs “only” three wins to start the season in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Australia before he can match that number and could break his own record in Japan. 

Titles: he could make it to the Big Six
If he wins a fourth consecutive title this season, Max Verstappen will join a special elite group in Formula One history. He would become only the sixth driver to win at least four world titles, after Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton (7 each), Juan Manuel Fangio (5), and Alain Prost and Sebastian Vettel (4). He would be only the fifth driver to win four titles in a row (Fangio, Schumacher, Vettel, and Hamilton) and only the second to win his first four titles after Vettel from 2010 to 2013.

Victories: he remains “stuck” in third place
Even if he performed as he did in 2023 (19 wins in 22 races), the Dutchman would still end the season in exactly the same place in the all-time wins list: third place, which he took over from Sebastian Vettel last year. With 54 F1 victories to his name, it will inevitably take several seasons before he overtakes number two Michael Schumacher, who has 37 more wins (91), not to mention Lewis Hamilton, who has 103 wins.

Pole positions: Clark and Prost in sight
Considering the number of pole positions Charles Leclerc has achieved in his Ferrari over the past two years, Max Verstappen has not progressed that fast in this area. He is currently “only” seventh with 32 pole positions, but he is only one place away from the top five to be on par with Alain Prost and Jim Clark (possibly achieving this as early as this Friday in Sakhir). However, he will not be able to climb higher because Vettel, in fourth place, has 25 more poles than him (57) and there are only 24 Grands Prix this year.

Formula 1 has only six drivers who have been on the podium a hundred times. Verstappen only needs to climb onto the podium twice to join this exclusive club. Kimi Raikkönen (103) and Alain Prost (106) should be caught up by the end of the year (and even well before that). Fernando Alonso could be as well; the Spaniard has 106 podium finishes to his name and everything will depend on the performance of his Aston Martin this year. If Verstappen finished on the podium in every race (a feat only Michael Schumacher accomplished in the 2002 season), he would finish the year in 3rd place, equal to Sebastian Vettel (122 podiums). The leader in this field, Lewis Hamilton ((197), could become the first driver to score 200 podiums in F1.

This post is originally from L’Équipe