GP balance sheet 2021: Max Verstappen in the lead almost everywhere


Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton both showed outstanding performances in 2021. In the end the Dutchman was lucky. Some figures show how well-deserved Verstappen’s first title is.

Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner still gets goose bumps today when he thinks of this moment: “My highlight of the year was to see Max cross the finish line in Abu Dhabi and win the title. The feeling is simply indescribable, because everything seemed to slip through our fingers during the race. It looked like all the efforts, the hard work and the victories would not be fruitful, but in the end we finally got a bit of luck. And in the end we did it. “

But Max Verstappen’s first title win was the luck of the efficient. If we look at the results of the 2021 GP season, we quickly see that the Dutchman is ahead in almost all respects.

Pole positions
Max Verstappen 10
Lewis Hamilton 5
Valtteri Bottas 4
Charles Leclerc 2
Lando Norris 1

Max Verstappen 10
Lewis Hamilton 8
Sergio Pérez 1
Esteban Ocon 1
Daniel Ricciardo 1
Valtteri Bottas 1st

Best racing laps
Max Verstappen 6
Lewis Hamilton 6
Valtteri Bottas 4
Sergio Pérez 2
Pierre Gasly 1
Daniel Ricciardo 1
Lando Norris 1

Leadership laps
Max Verstappen 652
Lewis Hamilton 297
Valtteri Bottas 79
Esteban Ocon 66
Charles Leclerc 60
Daniel Ricciardo 48
Sergio Pérez 46
Lando Norris 31
Carlos Sainz 12
Sebastian Vettel 4
Fernando Alonso 2

Podium placements
Max Verstappen 18th
Lewis Hamilton 17th
Valtteri Bottas 11
Sergio Pérez 5
Lando Norris 4
Carlos Sainz 4
Pierre Gasly 1
Sebastian Vettel 1
Charles Leclerc 1
Esteban Ocon 1
George Russell 1
Daniel Ricciardo 1
Fernando Alonso 1

Top 10 placements
Lewis Hamilton 20th
Carlos Sainz 20th
Lando Norris 20th
Max Verstappen 18th
Charles Leclerc 18th century
Sergio Pérez 16
Fernando Alonso 15
Pierre Gasly 15
Valtteri Bottas 15th
Esteban Ocon 14
Daniel Ricciardo 13
Lance Stroll 9
Sebastian Vettel 7
Yuki Tsunoda 7
George Russell 4
Kimi Raikkonen 4
Nicholas Latifi 2
Antonio Giovinazzi 2

Laps covered
Carlos Sainz 1294 (from 1297)
Lewis Hamilton 1269
Daniel Ricciardo 1267
Sebastian vettel 1263
Fernando Alonso 1257
Antonio Giovinazzi 1254
Lando norris 1223
Max Verstappen 1211
Nicholas Latifi 1191
Sergio pérez 1186
Lance stroll 1170
Esteban ocon 1152
Charles Leclerc 1145
George Russell 1141
Mickey schumacher 1135
Valtteri bottas 1134
Pierre gasly 1126
Yuki tsunoda 1078
Kimi Raikkonen 1061
Nikita mazepin 1008
Robert Kubica 123

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