The curtain has fallen on Method 1’s 73rd season, and it really has been a spectacular one. Verstappen was topped the drivers’ world champion for the second straight yr, whereas Purple Bull took prime honours within the constructors’ championship after a prolonged hole.
However simply how dominant have been they from a numbers perspective? Let’s take one final have a look at the data Verstappen and Purple Bull broke this yr earlier than we flip the web page onto 2023.
1. Most wins in a single season – 15
The large one straightaway, and the one which hadn’t been damaged in near 20 years. Michael Schumacher scaled new heights in 2004 by profitable 13 races in a single yr, turning into a seven-time world champion within the course of. After 9 years, it was Schumacher’s protege and fellow German Sebastian Vettel who matched the report in his most dominant season in Purple Bull colors in 2013.
An extra 9 years later, Verstappen surpassed each legends in Mexico and set a brand new benchmark of 15 victories in a single yr on the season finale in Abu Dhabi. Ferrari’s numerous troubles by means of the season, together with Mercedes’ struggles with their automobile idea and porpoising solely aided Verstappen in reaching that milestone.
2. Most factors in a championship – 454
One more report that Schumacher owned at one cut-off date. He amassed 148 factors over 18 races in 2004, however with the present factors system being launched in 2010, it solely was a matter of time earlier than it could be damaged. Vettel set a brand new excessive in 2013 by raking in 397 factors (from 19 races) over the season, which Lewis Hamilton bettered twice, in 2018 (408 factors from 21 races) and 2019 (413 factors from 21 races).
That report stood till Verstappen broke it this yr with two rounds to spare. The Dutchman completed the season with a whopping 454 factors and one could surprise if that’ll ever be damaged. However with 2023 having two extra races and three further sprints in comparison with this yr, you simply by no means know.
Max Verstappen, Purple Bull Racing, 1st place, in Parc Ferme
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three. Largest factors deficit overturned to turn out to be champion – 46
Courtesy of two DNFs within the opening three races, Max Verstappen discovered himself sixth within the standings after the Australian GP, 46 factors behind championship chief Charles Leclerc. In a matter of three races, not solely did the Dutchman eat into Leclerc’s benefit, he displaced the Monegasque from the highest of the desk by the Spanish GP. Verstappen by no means gave up his lead thereafter and sealed the title at Suzuka, thus taking the report for the most important factors hole overhauled to turn out to be champion.
Sebastian Vettel was the earlier holder of the report who usurped Fernando Alonso’s lead of 44 factors over six races within the second-half of the ultra-competitive 2012 season.
four. Wins from essentially the most completely different grid slots in a yr – 7
As if claiming 15 victories in a yr wasn’t sufficient, Verstappen went one additional by profitable from seven completely different beginning positions in 2022. Previous to this season, the Dutchman had by no means received from outdoors the highest 4 on the grid. However he put that stat to relaxation by profitable from 10th on the Hungarian GP, which additionally included a uncommon spin whereas making an attempt to catch the leaders.
On the very subsequent race in Belgium, Verstappen was pressured to begin from 14th after accumulating grid penalties for exceeding his allocation of energy unit parts. That, nonetheless, didn’t cease him from climbing up the order and turning into simply the second driver in F1 historical past – alongside Bruce McLaren – to win consecutive races from 10th or decrease. Two races later, he was at it once more profitable the Italian GP after beginning the race from seventh. Earlier than Verstappen, the report belonged to Alan Jones (1980), Alain Prost (1990), and Kimi Raikkonen (2005) who had received from 5 completely different grid slots in these years.
5. Most wins in a season outdoors pole place – 9
If Purple Bull grew to become the masters of Sunday, Ferrari was the staff to beat on Saturday. The Maranello-based squad took pole place in 12 of the 22 races this season, their joint-highest ever in a yr.
However that didn’t deter Verstappen, as he recorded 9 wins in 2022 when not ranging from pole place, a feat by no means achieved earlier than. He claimed the report on the US GP as he went previous Schumacher’s (seven) and Hamilton’s (eight) tally which they set in 1995 and 2019 respectively.
Max Verstappen, Purple Bull Racing, 1st place, celebrates World Championship victory with Helmut Marko, Advisor, Purple Bull Racing, Christian Horner, Crew Principal, Purple Bull Racing, Sergio Perez, Purple Bull Racing, 2nd place, the Purple Bull staff
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1. Most consecutive finishes within the prime two – 19
For years Purple Bull tinkered with their line-up, looking for the perfect pair that may replicate the success of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. It appeared that they had lastly discovered it, as they got here inside 28 factors of profitable the constructors’ title in 2021. They turned it up a notch in 2022, with Verstappen and Sergio Perez racking up 17 and 11 podiums respectively, ultimately taking the championship after eight lengthy years.
The height of their consistency noticed them end both P1 or P2 in 19 consecutive races (from Saudi Arabia to Mexico), a report in itself. The earlier report was of 17 straight races set by Williams in 1993-1994 and Mercedes in 2014-2015.
Those that obtained away
1. Greatest championship-winning margin
File – 155 factors (Sebastian Vettel over Fernando Alonso in 2013)
2022 – 146 factors (Max Verstappen over Charles Leclerc)
2. Most wins in a yr by a constructor
File – 19 wins/21 races (Mercedes in 2016)
2022 – 17 wins/22 races (Purple Bull)
three. Most factors in a yr by a constructor
File – 765 factors (Mercedes in 2016)
2022 – 759 factors (Purple Bull)
Sundaram Ramaswami, additionally known as the F1 StatsGuru, is a Method 1 statistician and social media content material creator.