Max Verstappen had a lot to celebrate after the final race of the 2023 Formula 1 season in Abu Dhabi. The Dutch driver won his third consecutive championship in style, taking home a record 19th win of the season. His team, Red Bull Racing, also defended its title in the Constructors' Championship, making it a truly dominant year for the team.
"This was an amazing season," Verstappen said after the race. "I was a bit emotional in the last lap. The last time I sat in a car that gave me a lot. I'm proud of the last race, I have to thank everyone at Red Bull, it's been an amazing year.
It will be difficult to repeat something similar, but we enjoyed this year."
The dominance of Red Bull this season
The 2023 season was truly one for the ages for Verstappen. His team won 21 of the 22 races, the only exception being the Singapore Grand Prix, which was won by Carlos Sainz.
Verstappen's dominance was so great that he led over 1,000 laps in races, a feat that has never been done before. "It will be difficult to have another season like this, we know that, but you always want to be better," Verstappen said.
"But being better does not always mean winning races and winning titles. We are working hard to have a very competitive car next year. Surely the other teams will try to beat us next year, but we are ready for the battle. In the meantime, we will enjoy this year." With 54 career wins, Verstappen is now third on the all-time list behind Lewis Hamilton (103) and Michael Schumacher (91).
He is still young and has many years of racing ahead of him, so it is certainly possible that he could one day surpass Hamilton and Schumacher to become the all-time leader in Formula 1 wins. The next Formula 1 season begins on March 2, 2024 with the Bahrain Grand Prix. Verstappen will be looking to continue his dominance and add to his already impressive legacy.