Max Verstappen wins chaotic Dutch Grand Prix victory to equal historic F1 record
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Max Verstappen won his home race at the Dutch Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon - and equalled an impressive F1 record in the process.
The Red Bull driver, a two-time world champion, is well on the way to securing his third F1 title in succession with the team, having claimed the 2021 and 2022 crowns.
In the dominant car of the field, the Red Bull machine has won every race this season with Verstappen winning the majority of them. He has achieved 11 victories thus far.
Verstappen finished first in a chaotic Dutch Grand Prix, which was rain-affected and red flagged following a deluge and Alfa Romeo's Zhou Guanyu crashing out at the first corner. It was restarted with a handful of laps to go.
Veteran Fernando Alonso finished second in the Aston Martin, while Alpine's Pierre Gasly took the final spot on the podium after Verstappen's team-mate Sergio Perez was hit with a five-second penalty for speeding in the pitlane.
Verstappen is now 138 points clear at the top of the Drivers' Championship, and it is surely a question of when and not if he confirms his third title.
But the Dutchman did not just win his home race at Zandvoort, but also equalled a hugely impressive record which he now jointly holds with two legends of the sport.
Verstappen has now won nine races in a row this season and managed the same feat that only Sebastian Vettel and Alberto Ascari have managed in years gone by.
Vettel managed that back in 2013 by winning the last nine races of that season as he claimed his fourth world title, all of which he achieved with Red Bull.
And across 1952 and 1953, Ascari won nine races in a row with Ferrari.
Verstappen can go out on his own with an unprecedented 10 race victories in a row when F1 heads to Monza for the Italian Grand Prix next weekend.