Max Verstappen is on the brink of clinching his second F1 championship in the most dominant of fashions.
His win at the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday made it 11 wins for the Dutchman, who could secure the title at the next race in Singapore. Two more wins would see him equal the all-time record for wins in a season, currently jointly held on 13 by Michael Schumacher (2004 with Ferrari) and Sebastian Vettel (2013 with Red Bull).
With six races still left this season, and given the dominance of Verstappen’s recent performances, it would be no surprise if he surpasses that figure and sets a new benchmark.
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And F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali, who was a key figure at Ferrari during the Schumacher years, has come up with an unusual way of summing up Verstappen’s current domination of the sport.
He told Corriere della Sera: “[Verstappen] resembles [Schumacher] because he focuses on everything he does on the track.
“He has matured a lot, he has learned to manage his emotions. He is a cannibal, he doesn't look anyone in the face. And in this he reminds me so much of Michael.”
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Another driver who has dominated the sport is Lewis Hamilton, who won six of his seven drivers’ titles in a seven-year spell with Mercedes. Only teammate Nico Rosberg managed to beat him in 2016.
Following the Italian Grand Prix, he said: “That Red Bull is almost unbeatable. It's going to take some real doing to beat that car.
"Performance-wise they are fully ahead of everyone. We haven't caught them and we don’t have upgrades coming to overtake them, so it's going to take some fortune going our way. Verstappen has generally chilled at the front, so you never know the true pace."
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