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Throwback: Drama Unfolded at Shanghai after Max Verstappen Sent Himself and Vettel into a Spin

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During the 2018 Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai, there was a dramatic moment when Max Verstappen attempted an audacious move on Sebastian Vettel.  As they battled for position, Verstappen, on fresh soft tires, attempted an overtake on Vettel for third place at the hairpin on lap 43. However, things took a dramatic turn when Verstappen locked up and rammed into the Ferrari. The collision occurred as Verstappen tried to overtake the championship leader for third place. Ultimately, Verstappen took responsibility for the crash.

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Recently, the Formula 1 official account on X shared a video of the intense battle that led Max Verstappen into Vettel leading to both of them spinning clockwise. Max tried to overtake Vettel from the inside but his move went wrong and both drivers had to pay the price for the mistake.

Once again, Formula 1 is poised to make its comeback at the Chinese Grand Prix after a hiatus of 5 years. This return is marked by significant changes in drivers, teams, and Max Verstappen’s statistics.

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Max Verstappen’s Dominance and Records

Verstappen’s relentless pursuit of excellence continued. He shattered records, including:

  • Most Consecutive Wins: Verstappen secured ten straight victories from the 2023 Miami Grand Prix to the Italian Grand Prix, cementing his status as a dominant force.
  • Youngest Driver to Score Points: At just 17 years and 180 days, he earned points in the 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix.
  • Fastest Lap Records: Verstappen consistently set blistering lap times, often snatching the fastest lap during races.

Triple World Champion

In 2021, Verstappen clinched his first Formula 1 World Drivers’ Championship, ending Mercedes’ seven-year dominance. He followed it up with back-to-back titles in 2022 and 2023. His aggressive driving style, strategic brilliance, and unwavering determination propelled him to the pinnacle of motorsport.

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Moin
I'm Moin Akhunji, a passionate sports writer renowned for my unique storytelling approach. My expertise spans across various sports, notably NASCAR, F1, and IndyCar. I hold a profound admiration for athletes like Chase Elliott and Dale Earnhardt Jr. When I'm not crafting articles, you'll likely find me trekking in the hills, indulging in my favorite hobby.
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