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Max Verstappen backed to break Sebastian Vettel’s F1 record and blast Charles Leclerc | F1

Max Verstappen backed to break Sebastian Vettel’s F1 record and blast Charles Leclerc | F1
Max Verstappen backed to break Sebastian Vettel’s F1 record and blast Charles Leclerc | F1

Max Verstappen has been tipped to erase Sebastian Vettel’s world-record F1 championship winning margin of 155 points, according to sports express readers. An overwhelming majority also believe Verstappen’s main rival Charles Leclerc has no chance of overturning the Red Bull driver’s current 98-point lead.

The Dutchman won his first F1 world title in controversial circumstances last season after entering the final at Abu Dhabi level on points with rival Lewis Hamilton. This time around, however, the championship race took on a whole new twist.

In the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday, Verstappen battled from 14th on the grid to take a stunning ninth victory in 14 races this season and continue his dominance. The reigning world champion’s team-mate Sergio Perez earned a second-place finish at Spa to leave the Red Bull duo in the top two spots in the current drivers’ standings.

Amid Mercedes’ well-documented struggles, Ferrari’s Leclerc has emerged as Verstappen’s main rival this season, but the Monegasque could only claim a sixth-place finish at the weekend after starting a place below the championship leader , in 15th. The result means Perez has moved past the Ferrari man to second in the standings, some 93 points behind his team-mate, while Leclerc now sits a further five points behind Verstappen.

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And according to sports express Readers, even with nine races remaining, it seems incredibly unlikely that Verstappen will squander his almighty advantage. Of those who voted in the recent Express poll, just 7.8% felt Leclerc could still overthrow Verstappen’s huge stamp, with a whopping 92.2% believing the 24-year-old Dutchman already has some. did enough to retain his F1 crown.

On top of that, an overwhelming majority backed Verstappen to extend his advantage and end the campaign with the biggest F1 winning margin in the history of the Drivers’ Championship – a record currently held by Sebastian Vettel who finished with 155 points. ahead of Fernando Alonso in 2013. Some 67.7% of Express Sport voters backed Verstappen to break that record this season.

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After slipping further adrift of Verstappen after Sunday’s result, Leclerc himself admitted it will be “very difficult” to catch the relentless Red Bull driver. Discussing his title chances, Leclerc said: “It’s starting to look very difficult, especially with the pace [Red Bull] showed this weekend.

“But I will put my head down, try to concentrate race by race and give my best. Again, it’s starting to look very difficult [in terms of still being in the championship fight]but I will do my best.”

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