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Max Verstappen

Verstappen reflects on matching Hamilton and Schumacher record

Max Verstappen matched a record held by Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher after winning the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix.

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Max Verstappen's victory in last weekend's Canadian Grand Prix saw him match yet another record, with it being his third consecutive win at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. 

This is a feat which had previously only been completed by Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher, two drivers with 14 world titles between them.

Verstappen was not the favourite for victory in Montreal but mastered the mixed conditions, and benefitted from a stroke of luck to ensure he has still not lost back-to-back races in over 700 days. 

Matching Hamilton and Schumacher's record is simply his latest and by no means his last accolade. 

"Yeah, I mean, there have been, of course, some drivers in the history that have done quite a lot of amazing things and have won a lot of races at particular tracks specifically," Verstappen told select media including RacingNews365

"It's been a good track to us the last few years. So, of course, yeah, and actually it's great to have three wins in a row here. 

"Of course, I hope I can add more in the future. But yeah, I enjoy driving here. It's a great track. It reminds me a bit of my go-karting days as well. So definitely always a lot of fun."

Challenging conditions

Throughout his F1 career, Verstappen has always been exceptional in changing conditions, although even the three-time world champion found last Sunday's race a "very difficult" one. 

Whilst it was challenging, this made his victory that much more "rewarding", as the slippery track surface separated those who can perform in the wet, and those who cannot.

"It's very rewarding. I mean, it's never an easy race," added Verstappen. "It's easy to make mistakes, especially on the Inters when they were almost becoming slicks. 

"It was very easy to go off because the track was drying in most places. But in some corners, it was still a bit too wet to go to slick tyres. That made it just very, very difficult. 

"It's a lot of fun to drive these kind of races now and then. You don't want it all the time because that's too stressful, but I had a lot of fun out there."

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