Formula 1: Verstappen wins 6th in a row, McLaren surprises with Silverstone podium

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 09: Race winner Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing and Red Bull Racing race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase celebrate on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone Circuit on July 09, 2023 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202307090331 // Usage for editorial use only //

In what was one of the most thrilling races of the 2023 season, Max Verstappen took his 6th win in a row while Red Bull Racing tied McLaren’s consecutive win tally with 11 victories, matching the 1988 record set by Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost.

FACTS AND STATS: Red Bull match McLaren’s all-time record of 11 straight wins

Not to be outdone, the Woking squad put on a clinic of excellence over the weekend, claiming a 2nd and 3rd starting spot on the grid after Verstappen narrowly beat out Lando Norris for Pole Position. Sunday proved that the qualifying form of the McLaren team was no fluke, as Norris overtook Verstappen at the start to lead the first 4 laps in front of the hometown crowd. Behind him, teammate Oscar Piastri made his attempt to pass the Dutchman, but was unable to mount a significant attack and held out his position in 3rd as the Red Bull chased down Norris for the lead.

RACE START: Enjoy the action as Norris pips Verstappen off the line at Silverstone

With DRS on lap 5, Verstappen re-took the lead of the race and would hold on to win his 6th consecutive race in a row, abeit by a scant margin as a virtual safety car and full course safety car threated his lead. Crossing the line a hair under 4 seconds ahead of Norris, Verstappen tied Michael Schumacher’s 2004 run on the list of most wins in a row with 6. Only Sebastian Vettel (9), Alberto Ascari (7) , Nico Rosberg (7), and again Schumacher (7 wins between the 2000-2001 seasons) are ahead of Verstappen, a mark that could very well be eclipsed with the young drivers recent form.

Lewis Hamilton, initially mired down the field, fought his way back to the front and secured a 3rd place finish ahead of Norris’s teammate Oscar Piasti, while George Russell completed the top 5.

Teams take the next weekend off before regrouping in Hungary for the Qatar Airways Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring the weekend of July 21st-23rd. The race marks the penultimate weekend before the late summer break, only visiting Belgium for the Belgium Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps.

Watch the highlights from Silverstone at the link below and catch all the action next weekend in Hungary.