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Max Verstappen

Verstappen has chance to eat into all-time Hamilton record in China

Max Verstappen has re-written many of the F1 records over the past two seasons, and can close in on another Lewis Hamilton record in China.

Max Verstappen Lewis Hamilton
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At the last Chinese Grand Prix in 2019, Lewis Hamilton scored his 75th win as Max Verstappen only had a meagre five.

Five years later, Hamilton is stuck on 103 whilst Verstappen has stormed up the leaderboard and is now third all-time with 57 career wins.

But he has never won the Chinese Grand Prix.

On his previous visits to Shanghai, Verstappen has a DNF, eighth, third, fifth and fourth to his name, compared to Hamilton's six wins at the track.

Should Verstappen take win number 58 on Sunday, it will be the 26th different track he has won at in F1, moving him one closer to Hamilton's all-time record of 31. Verstappen cannot break the record this year, with the only other track he has failed to win at being Singapore.

Drivers with most wins at different tracks

Rank Driver Circuits won at Total career wins
1. Lewis Hamilton 31 103
2. Max Verstappen 25 57
3. Michael Schumacher 23 91
4. Alain Prost 22 51
5. Sebastian Vettel 21 53
6. Nigel Mansell 19 31
7. Fernando Alonso 19 32
8. Ayrton Senna 17 41
9. Nico Rosberg 17 23
10. Niki Lauda/Damon Hill/Kimi Räikkönen 15 25/22/21

The races Verstappen has never won

Verstappen's favourite tracks are Austria's Red Bull Ring and the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, where he has five wins apiece. Abu Dhabi is second with four wins ahead of three at Zandvoort, Spa, Barcelona, Austin and also Suzuka.

But there are five tracks Verstappen has never won at.

They are Sochi, Mugello, Portimao, Istanbul Park, and the Nurburgring.

The Russian Grand Prix was cancelled after the 2022 invasion of Ukraine, and is unlikely to ever return to the calendar, leaving Verstappen's second place in 2021 as his best result.

The other four tracks were added to the calendar in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19, with a DNF Verstappen's best at the one-off Tuscan Grand Prix at Mugello.

In the other three, he took second places in Portugal, Turkey and Germany during their stints.

An outlier is the Bahrain outer track used in the second 2020 race, where the Red Bull crashed on Lap 1 and has not been used since. Verstappen has two wins on the conventional Bahrain layout.

If you were wondering, Hamilton has failed to win at Magny Cours, Valencia, Zandvoort, Miami, and Las Vegas and also the Korean and Indian Grands Prix.

He is also yet to win the Mexico City and Sao Paulo Grands Prix, but did win at the circuits when they were the Mexican and Brazilian GPs.

In 2020, he also finished second in the one-off 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone, but does have a record eight wins in the British GP.

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