Max Verstappen reveals mindset ahead of potential historic Red Bull win in Canada

Michelle Foster
Max Verstappen explains during a press conference. Spain May 2023

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen explains during a press conference. Spain May 2023

Max Verstappen isn’t worried about walking under a ladder in the build-up to the Canadian Grand Prix, a race in which he could secure Red Bull’s 100th grand prix win.

With seven from seven this season, the Milton Keynes squad is on a charge and one that isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.

But while there’s been a lot of talk this season about the team whitewashing their rivals, winning all 22 of this year’s grands prix, this weekend Red Bull have a different goal within their sights – a 100th grand prix win.

Verstappen isn’t worried that anticipation of that milestone could trip up Red Bull.

“I never think about those things,” he told Sky Sports. “The same way you know when you change the livery of a car. I’m not superstitious, I really don’t care about those things.

“You know the same with people with a ladder, or a shoe on the table, things like that. I would probably do the opposite, I would walk under a ladder. I really don’t care about these things.

“So just keep it simple. Know what we have to work on and that’s trying to make the car very fast and I think we have been doing that so far this year.

“But of course there will always be weekends where you might be caught out but that has nothing to do with a with a number you’re trying to achieve or whatever.”

Should Red Bull bag number 100 this weekend, they’ll join an elite list of only five F1 constructors to have secured double figures in race wins. They will, however, still be a long way off Ferrari’s 242.

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Verstappen could also reach a milestone of his own this weekend with the 25-year-old just one race win away from matching Ayrton Senna’s tally of 41 grand prix wins. That would put him equal with the triple World Champion in fifth place on the all-time list.

Asked if he was surprised Red Bull’s rivals haven’t been able to catch up despite their aggressive development strategies, the Dutchman replied: “I think we had really good winter as well, and the car is very strong.

“From the other side, I don’t know from the teams why or how, because if we would know then they would know and they’d be faster, right.

“We can’t sit still, we’re always constantly trying to improve our car because we know that people are working really hard to try and catch us.”

Potentially matching Senna in Montreal, Verstappen will still be a long way off the all-time record for the most wins which is held by Lewis Hamilton.

The Briton has 103 to his name, with Michael Schumacher second on 91 and Sebastian Vettel third with 53. Verstappen’s next target after Senna will be the Brazilian’s nemesis, Alain Prost, who is P4 with 51 wins.

Hamilton was asked about the prospect of Verstappen breaking his record in the years to come.

“He’s got a very long career ahead of him so absolutely,” he said. “Ultimately, records are there to be broken. And he’s got an amazing team.

“We’ve got to work harder to try and continue to extend it. I hope we get to have some… at least within the last period of time in my career, I hope we get to have some more close racing.”