Even though the Scuderia Ferrari started the new Formula 1 era with two wins in the first three races of the 2022 F1 season, Red Bull now has a firm grip on both the World Drivers’ Championship and the World Constructors’ Championship.
Since Charles Leclerc won the 2022 Australian Grand Prix convincingly for Ferrari, back on April 10th, Red Bull has taken six consecutive wins, five with Max Verstappen and one with Sergio Pérez.
Verstappen won consecutively at Imola, Miami and Spain, while Pérez took the coveted Monaco Grand Prix win. Then, Verstappen was allowed to win at Azerbaijan and won in last week’s Canadian Grand Prix at Montreal.
With Red Bull looking considerably strong and Ferrari having an unreliable car or unreliable strategies when leading races, what could Red Bull achieve in terms of consecutive victories?
The team’s own record of consecutive wins came in 2013, when Sebastian Vettel won nine consecutive races to end the 2013 F1 season. That’s the team record and also a record for any driver in history. Alberto Ascari won nine consecutive races back between 1952 and 1953, but he missed the 1953 Indianapolis 500 after winning seven consecutive events.
The Indy 500 was part of the F1 calendar at the time, although most drivers from Europe didn’t compete at the event.
In terms of constructors, the record for the most consecutive wins belongs to McLaren, when Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost took the McLaren-Honda MP4/4 to 11 consecutive wins in 1988.
That streak started at the first race of the 1988 campaign and ended only by reliability issues on Prost’s car at Monza, and Senna crashing out of the lead with two laps to go after contact with Williams’ replacement for an unwell Nigel Mansell in that race, Jean-Louis Schlesser.
Ferrari and Mercedes are behind McLaren in this department, with both taking 10 consecutive wins. The Italian team did it in 2002, while Mercedes has done it three times, all in the turbo-hybrid era (2015-2016, 2016, and 2018-2019).
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