Five years down the line, the Dutchman is standing true to these predictions and breaking records one by one.
After securing his victory at the Austrian Grand Prix, Verstappen set a new record in F1.
With the first-place podium finish, he now has 50 podiums in his bag.
To make things more interesting, Verstappen is also the youngest driver to reach that milestone. This comes after he beat the previous record-holder – Sebastian Vettel.
Youngest F1 drivers to 50 podiums
Looking at the list of the youngest F1 drivers, Verstappen secured his 50th podium at the age of 23 years, 277 days.
Behind him is Vettel with 25 years, 327 days, which is a significant margin.
Following the Brit is another seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher at 28 years, 163 days.
Towards the end is Kimi Raikkonen at 28 years, 172 days.
Verstappen’s journey to half a century
The Dutchman began his podium journey when Red Bull promoted him to their team. That season, Verstappen claimed 7 podiums and a race win.
Then in 2017, Verstappen was able to produce just 4 podiums, converting two of them into race victories.
In 2018 and 2019, he earned a collective 20 podiums. Five of these were race wins.
2020 saw Verstappen reach peak performance with 11 podiums, including 2 P1 finishes. However, the current season has been a turning point for the Red Bull driver.
Out of the 9 races so far, the Dutchman has been on the podium 8 times, ignoring the tyre blowout incident in Baku.
With 14 more races to go, we might just be in line to see Verstappen’s most successful season.
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