Absolute dominator: when would Max Verstappen seal the conquest of his second world championship
After the dominant performance of Max Verstappen At the Belgian Grand Prix, a question mark arose in Formula 1: When will he win his second world championship? Currently, the Red Bull driver has a gap of 93 points compared to Sergio Checo Pérez, his immediate pursuer, and 98 compared to Charles Leclerc.
There are only eight races left in the 2022 season, which translates to 216 points up for grabs if you factor in the Brazil Sprint race. Only a debacle could drive away Max Verstappen of his double championship and everything seems to indicate that the celebration will take place sooner rather than later. To win the World Championship without depending on other results, the Dutch driver needs four victories in the last eight Grands Prix.
The sooner the 24-year-old could seal the championship in Singapore. However, for that he must win all three races (Zandvoort, Monza and Singapore) and Checo Pérez and Charles Leclerc not score points. This scenario seems unlikely. In any case, everything indicates that he will not have to wait long to devote himself.
According to Motorsport forecasts, Max Verstappen He would have a better chance of being crowned champion if he maintained his superiority at the Japanese Grand Prix on October 9. To extend the wait until the United States GP, Checo Pérez and Leclerc must leave Suzuka with less than 112 points difference. In other words, the Mexican cannot lose more than 18 points over the next four races and Leclerc 23.
If the Ferrari driver manages to ignore the differences in the next races, then Max Verstappen could be registered in the Circuit of the Americas. It would mean Austin’s first title decision for the first time since 2015.
“A league apart”
Max Verstappen not only did he happily dominate the Belgian Grand Prix after starting from fourteenth position, but he was superior to his rivals throughout the weekend. The Red Bull driver was 0.6 seconds quickest in Saturday’s qualifying, despite starting from behind due to a penalty. In the race, the Dutchman reached the finish line 17 seconds behind Checo Pérez.
“Max was just in a league of his own,” said Christian Horner. “Not just on Sundays, but all weekend. He basically knocked it out of the park with a medium lap which was still the fastest lap, even though Charles had a chance at the end on the soft tyres.”
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