The United States Grand Prix led Max Verstappen to reach the quota symbol of 100 Grand Prix in Formula 1. An alienating number if we consider that the Dutch, unanimously considered one of the fixed points of the Next Gen of this sport, he is just 22 years old and has already played more career contests than an authentic living legend like Jackie Stewart, who stopped at 99. It was another world, of course, and it is always difficult to compare drivers from different eras. That said, however, the triple digit landing of "Mad Max" stimulated our imagination on a comparison completely random but no less interesting. At what point in their careers were the greatest drivers in the history of Formula 1 after the 100 Grand Prix?
For our comparison we have arbitrarily chosen the names of Schumacher, Hamilton, Vettel, Prost, Seine is Alonso, which for different reasons have marked the last 35 years of the sport. From the cold numbers it emerges that Max Verstappen's way to reach those levels is still very long. The Dutchman certainly paid the price in these years never be behind the wheel of the best car on the grid, and indeed to be the man symbol of the 'third force' of the championship, but the comparison with the myths of F1 is deficient. In fact, all the samples considered in the analysis after 100 races had won at least one world title. Vettel even hit the third world crown in GP number 101 of his career.
F1 | The maturity of the samples
The Dutch driver also pays duty in the other statistical categories: in terms of victories it does not reach the double digit and the disproportion is evident especially when the comparison moves on qualifications, perhaps the only true Achilles heel of the Red Bull bearer. Marked, albeit in a proportionately smaller way, also the gap on podiums obtained. From this game, because in the end it is a question of this, interesting data on the other drivers also emerge. Senna's dominance at pole position is impressive, as is Michael Schumacher's report on podiums: German is the only one with an average above 50%.
The influence of the various companies is then implicitly highlighted domain cycles on driver numbers. In fact, Vettel touched '100' in full Red Bull, as it happened to Senna, at the peak of his parable in McLaren, and to Alonso, at the time two-time champion. For Hamilton, the transfer to Mercedes and the turbo-hybrid dominoes were still far away, as was the golden age of Ferrari for Schumacher. Similarly, Prost had not even reached halfway through his adventure in Woking. This is a reflection that can also act as a stimulus and a comfort for Verstappen. The 100 GPs are a first stop, but the future is yet to be written.
|M. Schumacher||Japan '97|
|L. Hamilton||Germany "12|
|A. Prost||Hungary '86|
|A. Senna||Mexico '90|
|F. Alonso||Italy '07|
|M. Verstappen||USA "19|