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Max Verstappen

Verstappen breaks 33-year-old Senna record with Mexican GP victory

Max Verstappen has broken a record set by the legendary Ayrton Senna more than 30 years ago with his victory at the Mexican Grand Prix.

Verstappen win Mexico
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Max Verstappen's win in Mexico has seen the Dutchman eclipse a record set by Ayrton Senna during the 1988 season.

Verstappen stormed to his ninth victory of the 2021 season at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, meaning he surpasses Senna for the most wins in a single F1 campaign for a Honda-powered driver.

Senna originally set the record en route to the first of his three world titles back in 1988, at the beginning of the highly successful McLaren-Honda days.

Back in 1988, there were only 16 Grands Prix on the calendar, compared to 22 this year. However, as it stands, the two are equal on percentage terms; Senna won 50 percent of races staged through 1988, with Verstappen triumphing in nine of the 18 races held in 2021 so far.

It was not the only record set by a Red Bull driver on Sunday, as Sergio Perez became the first Mexican to lead a lap and score a podium on home soil.

Honda's all-time list

Driver Team Wins Year
Max Verstappen Red Bull Nine 2021
Ayrton Senna McLaren Eight 1988
Alain Prost McLaren Seven 1988
Ayrton Senna McLaren Seven 1991
Ayrton Senna McLaren Six 1990
Ayrton Senna McLaren Six 1989
Nigel Mansell Williams Six 1987
Nigel Mansell Williams Five 1986

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