Formula 1 fans think the history books show signs of repetition.
The 2022 season has been all about Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and his historic run to a second consecutive Championship crown.
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Verstappen erased countless records during his run throughout the 2022 season.
The 25-year-old broke the record for most wins in a single Formula 1 season, previously held by Michael Schumacher (2004) and Sebastian Vettel (2013), when he claimed his 14th Grand Prix victory. Mexico. To be fair to Schumacher and Vettel there were 18 and 19 races respectively when they set those records, there is one race left on the 22 race schedule in 2022.
His dominance saw him only miss out on the podium five times and saw him break Lewis Hamilton’s record for most points in a single season. Hamilton scored 413 in 2019, Verstappen with one run remaining currently sits at 429.
But fans have pointed to uncanny similarities to Formula 1 history that show Verstappen and Red Bull’s grid dominance won’t carry over into next season or beyond.
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“Is the history of Formula 1 repeating itself? said one of the show’s hosts.
“In the past, we have seen a seven-time world champion eclipsed by a 24-year-old rider who has won back-to-back titles.
“After that we have a driver in a Ferrari with six years of experience who wins a title.
“Then a young Brit in a Mercedes wins a title. Then another young Brit in a competition car wins the title.
Here’s what happened from 2004 to 2009.
Michael Schumacher won his seventh world title in 2004 before Fernando Alonso, then 24, won back-to-back titles.
In 2007, it was Kimi Raikkonen in the Ferrari that won everything before Lewis Hamilton won in 2008 with McLaren.
The following year it was Jenson Button in the Brawn, which has now become Mercedes.
Now let’s move on to where we are now.
In 2020, Hamilton won his record seventh world title before Verstappen, then 24, won back-to-back titles.
That brings us to the present day, so if the theory rings true, that means a Ferrari driver with six years of experience will win it all in 2023 and that man is Charles Leclerc.
In 2024, it would be McLaren’s turn to reign supreme with Lando Norris as his successor. Then it returns to Mercedes with the victory of George Russell in 2025.
Leclerc showed promising signs of making the 2022 title fight a close battle at the start of the season, but Ferrari continually shot itself in the foot with bizarre strategic decisions.
Many pundits believe Mercedes will bounce back in 2023 after showing major signs of life in the second half of the 2022 season.
While that might seem like a stretch, thanks in large part to Verstappen’s absolute dominance, it’s not that far-fetched to see Leclerc pushing for title glory.
Where it gets a little skeptical is the following season with McLaren on top of the world. The Woking-based side have won one race in nine seasons.
Verstappen will enter the 2023 season as a raging favorite to make it three in a row, but if you believe history is repeating itself then Leclerc is your man.