Max Verstappen ahead of 2023 Canadian GP: ‘I really don’t care about those things’

Max Verstappen remains focused on his own performance, putting aside superstitions and milestone achievements.

Max Verstappen remains unfazed by the significance of milestones as Red Bull Racing aims to secure its 100th grand prix win at the 2023 Canadian Grand Prix. 

With a perfect record of seven victories in seven races this season, the team’s dominance shows no signs of waning. 

However, Verstappen maintains a focused and pragmatic approach, dismissing any superstitions or distractions related to milestone achievements.

When asked about the significance of Red Bull’s 100th win, Verstappen stated: “I never think about those things. 

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“I’m not superstitious, I really don’t care about those things. 

“I would probably walk under a ladder. I really don’t care about these things.”

Verstappen emphasized the importance of simplicity and concentrating on their work to make the car faster. He acknowledged that while there may be challenging weekends ahead, they are unrelated to specific numerical achievements.

If Red Bull achieves their 100th grand prix win this weekend, they will join the exclusive group of only five Formula 1 constructors to secure double-digit race victories. 

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However, they still have a long way to go to match Ferrari’s record of 242 wins.

Verstappen himself could reach a personal milestone, as he is just one race win away from matching Ayrton Senna’s tally of 41 grand prix victories. 

This would put him on par with the legendary Brazilian driver in fifth place on the all-time list.

When asked about Red Bull’s rivals struggling to catch up, Verstappen attributed their success to a strong winter and the exceptional performance of their car. 

He acknowledged that teams work tirelessly to improve and catch up but emphasized Red Bull’s commitment to constant development.

Although Verstappen may reach Senna’s milestone in Montreal, he still has a long way to go to break the all-time record held by Lewis Hamilton, who has 103 wins to his name. 

Verstappen’s next target after Senna will be Alain Prost, who sits in fourth place with 51 victories.

Hamilton commented on the possibility of Verstappen surpassing his record in the future, acknowledging that records are meant to be broken. He recognized Verstappen’s talent and expressed his desire for more competitive racing before the end of his own career.

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“He’s got a very long career ahead of him so absolutely,” he said. 

“Ultimately, records are there to be broken. And he’s got an amazing team.

“We’ve got to work harder to try and continue to extend it. I hope we get to have some… at least within the last period of time in my career, I hope we get to have some more close racing.”