Motorsport: Formula 1 refreshes memories of Vettel series

Formula 1 refreshes memories of Vettel series

Former German Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel with his trophy for winning the 2013 US Grand Prix. Photo

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The record is shaking. In 2013 Vettel won nine times in a row – in the Red Bull. Now Verstappen is about to set the record – in the Red Bull. And that at the home race.

The memories of the record of Sebastian Vettel refreshed Formula 1 in the 2013 season in good time. “A decade later we could see history repeating itself,” wrote the motorsport premier class on Instagram.

Because this Sunday (3 p.m. / Sky) Max Verstappen in the Red Bull could stop Vettel’s series in the Red Bull. The native of Heppenheim, who retired from Formula 1 at the end of last year, had won nine times in a row.

The longest series up to that point had been seven wins. In one year – 2004 – Michael Schumacher made it in the Ferrari. Alberto Ascari managed it across the seasons in 1952 and 1953, Nico Rosberg in 2015 and 2016. After his eighth triumph, Vettel emphasized: “It’s one of those records that you assume will never be broken. It’s difficult to find the right words to find.”

In Zandvoort, Verstappen can now achieve the ninth win in a row. The 25-year-old Dutchman has won ten of the twelve races of the season so far, and his team-mate Sergio Pérez has won two. Verstappen’s winning streak started in Miami and went through Monaco, Spain, Canada, Austria, Great Britain, Hungary and Belgium.


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