With another success in Austria, Max Verstappen clinched the fifth consecutive victory for the Red Bull-Honda team during the 2021 Formula 1 championship season. The Anglo-Austrian team has never captured such a high number of victories in a row, save for the extraordinary 2013 vintage when Sebastian Vettel went to seize the impressive row of nine wins in the last few races of the championship. Incredibly, even in 2013 we were on the eve of a major regulatory change as well as this year; Back then the teams were preparing for the hybrid revolution of 2014, today they focus resources on big changes in aerodynamic terms that will happen in 2022.
It hasn’t changed how to get the wins: in Austria in particular, Max Verstappen did what he wanted as the 2013 Vettel. Or, if you want to bother your opponents, it was a Hamilton triumph. “It’s not so much the result as the way: Max Verstappen wins as Lewis Hamilton did until last year. The latest feat, the encore triumph on the Red Bull-owned circuit, was a lesson in speed. The Dutch driver started from pole position, has always been in the lead and set the fastest lap of the race. It is the grand slam of motoring, the absolute masterpiece, the first for the driver at the head of the World Championship. It is a tribute to the 70,000 who love him and who have come from Holland and from all the countries where his cult is spreading, from Belgium to Austria to Germany. Today orange in the stands prevails over Ferrari red, which until pre-Covid guaranteed a massive presence everywhere“, We read in the newspaper La Stampa.
“Not even the TVs are able to take it back. Max Verstappen’s Red Bull disappears from the goals at the start, quickly returns to the scene to entertain the crowd of oranges on the green lawns of Styria during a safety car in the first laps (due to Ocon debris), at the restart the blue puts its wings back and does no one follows her anymore. What an overwhelming superiority. And what a loneliness, the number 33. He seems destined to get used to this year: 2nd success in a row in 7 days on the track of his company in Austria, 5th of the season, 15th in career. At 23, the former unlicensed who landed in F1 underage causing scandal, takes the wheel of the World Championship: including the extra point of the fastest lap, the insatiable flies at +32 on Lewis Hamilton“, We read on Repubblica. The statistic also rewards Honda: the Japanese manufacturer had not won five Grands Prix in a row as an engineer since 1988, when he literally dominated the season mounted on the McLaren steamroller driven by Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost.