Chronicle of a coronation announced. With already 400 points in the World Championship, Max Verstappen is only one breath away from winning the third world title of his young career, he who is only 26 years old. A real show of strength, symbolized by his 13 victories, already, this season. And there are still six races to go before the end of this record 2023 season for the Dutchman, untouchable at the wheel of his Red Bull.
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So much above the fray that he could, and even should, fold the case as early as Saturday, during a sprint race at the Losail circuit in Qatar. Indeed, Max Verstappen will "only" have to finish sixth in this sprint to be definitively out of reach of his teammate Sergio Perez. One scenario among several others that would be enough to make the Batavian happy. With 177 points ahead of the Mexican, and a maximum of 180 units still to be gleaned, the Dutchman only needs to add three points to his formidable nest egg anyway. In other words, if he were to do well in the sprint and Perez finished on the podium, the suspense would probably only be extended by 24 hours. An 8th place at the Grand Prix held on Sunday will also crown him, regardless of the result of his partner and rival.
Max Verstappen crowned in the sprint if...
- he ranks at least 6th, regardless of Sergio Perez's result - he finishes 7th and Sergio Perez does not win - he finishes 8th and Sergio Perez does not do better than 3rd
- Sergio Perez
do better than 4th, regardless of his own result