Max Verstappen set a new Formula One record as he surpassed the mark set by Sebastian Vettel and won a 10th consecutive race thanks to another impeccable drive, this time at the 2023 Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix.
The two-time world champion started the race from second on the grid but got past the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz Jnr on lap 15 and was rarely troubled as he cruised to his 12th win of the season.
The victory ensured that Oracle Red Bull Racing won every race this season and extended Verstappen’s lead to 145 points in the drivers’ championship from teammate Sergio Pérez, who was able to finish in second.
Max Verstappen, Driver, Red Bull Racing
I had to be patient today to get the win. Ferrari had a lot of top speed all weekend, and I think when you look at our rear wing, we had to trim down our top flap, so our DRS the whole weekend wasn’t as effective as usual. That meant we could never have a good run down into turn one, so I had to be patient and force Carlos into a mistake. At one point, when his tyres were wearing a little, we tried to make him brake late. He locked up a little bit, and I thought, ‘Perfect’, and passed him on the exit to turn two. From there, it was about managing things and bringing the car home safely. Ten wins in a row is a record I am pleased about; it is something you don’t even think about trying to achieve because it is doubtful that those kinds of things happen. I am very proud it has happened and of what the Team has done again today. The whole year has been pretty incredible so far. And, of course, a one-two today as well, here in Monza, is remarkable for us all.
Sergio Pérez, Driver, Red Bull Racing:
It is satisfying to achieve P2 today, and it has been a brilliant day for the team. Overtaking was difficult on this track, and the Ferraris were very fast on the straights, so it was hard to make my way through the field. We had some tough racing, but I fought hard to overtake and gave it my all, which paid off. We didn’t get to show it yesterday, but it’s been a strong weekend in terms of performance.
I feel like my form is entirely back, and I hope we can have an end to the season. The team have done a lot of work on the suspension and the car’s set-up, and we have made significant steps forward here. Finally, the atmosphere here in Italy and on the podium was unique: the whole main straight was packed and a great experience. Max’s achievement today is incredible, so well done to him: today is his moment.
CHRISTIAN HORNER – CEO and Team Principal, Red Bull Racing
This was an extraordinary victory, but we had to do it the hard way. The Ferraris were speedy today, just as they had been all weekend, and with Carlos and Charles defending as their life depended on it, it meant we had to work that extra bit harder to lead the race.
Sergio did a brilliant job, finding his form to claim second, while Max continued his exemplary run to take the win. This now gives Max 10 victories in a row, breaking Sebastian’s record from 10 years ago. It’s a fantastic achievement and a massive effort from every single faction of the team.
I say repeatedly that it’s not just what you see here at the track that makes success possible. There is so much that goes on behind the scenes. Formula One is the most prominent team sport in the world, and it requires every single person to do their job, investing in this car and sharing the same vision. This win is down to everyone in the Oracle Red Bull Racing Team who has done a fantastic job this season. That’s now 14 victories in a row. We are leaving Europe unbeaten, which is a remarkable achievement and something we look to extend as we head to the next race in Singapore in two weeks.