TOKYO, Japan, October 8, 2023 – Max Verstappen, driver for Oracle Red Bull Racing, for which Honda is a team partner, clinched his third consecutive drivers’ world championship on Saturday, October 7 local time, by earning enough points in the F1 Sprint*1 race for the Qatar Grand Prix 2023, the 18th round of the 2023 FIA*2 Formula One (F1) World Championship.
After this Sprint race, with 6 Grands Prix remaining for the season, including the Qatar Grand Prix race on Sunday local time, Verstappen clinched his title with a total of 13 Grand Prix wins, including 10 straight wins*3 that set the record for most consecutive wins in the history of F1 racing.
*1 The F1 Sprint is a shorter race - approximately 100km or 62 miles – that takes place on the day before the Grand Prix. The winners are awarded about one-third of the points winners can earn in the Grand Prix.
*2 Fédération Internationale de lʼAutomobile.
*3 Ten consecutive wins from the 5th round Miami Grand Prix to the 15th round Italian Grand Prix (excluding the 6th round Emilia Romagna Grand Prix which was cancelled).
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