Verstappen Equals Hamilton’s Milestone, As Logan Sargeant Achieves Unfavourable Formula 1 Record

Verstappen Equals Hamilton’s Milestone, As Logan Sargeant Achieves Unfavourable Formula 1 Record

Ero Samson
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
  • Formula 1 headed to Abu Dhabi for the final race of the 2023 season
  • Max Verstappen equalled a record last set by Lewis Hamilton
  • Logan Sargeant also matched an unwanted record on the night

Formula 1 wraps up its 2023 season under the lights of the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi.

The season which has been largely dominated by Red Bull Racing, is ending with the Austrian team still having a firm grip on the final race.

The event at Abu Dhabi saw world champion Max Verstappen dominate through qualifying as he put his RB19 car on pole, and it is widely expected the 26-year-old will coast to another victory on race Sunday.

Max Verstappen, Sergio Aguero, Formula 1
Sergio Aguero presents Max Verstappen with the pole position award in parc feme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi. Image: Qian Jun.
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Nonetheless, against the backdrop of the night sky at the Yas Marina Circuit, there was room for Verstappen and Williams Racing's Logan Sargeant to leave their mark on Formula 1.

However, while the Red Bull driver wrote his name in the sport’s golden record, the same cannot be said of the 23-year-old Williams driver.

Verstappen and Sargeant make F1 history

Verstappen, who beat Ferrari's Charles Leclerc to seal his 12th pole position of the season, equalled the record for most pole positions in a season, as reported by DRS Zone.

The Dutch driver also became only the sixth driver in F1 history to take 12 poles in a season, joining the ranks of Sebastian Vettel (2011), Nigel Mansell (1992), Ayrton Senna (1988, 1989), Alain Prost (1993), and Lewis Hamilton (2016).

While the three-time World champion would be jubilant given his immense feat, Sargeant cannot say the same, as his 20th place in qualifying ensured that his teammate, Alex Albon, became the first driver to out-qualify a teammate at every race since Verstappen achieved the same feat in 2020, as reported by RBR Daily.

While both drivers already have contrasting fortunes following the conclusion of the race qualifying, they both will hope they can wrap up their season with impressive results when the lights go out for the main race on Sunday, November 26.

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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix preview

In a previous report, Sports Brief touched on key details and previews ahead of the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix slated for the Yas Marina Circuit.

Despite Red Bull and Max Verstappen having secured a third successive crown this year already, much is still at stake for the rest of the field.

Ferrari and Mercedes will be looking to battle it out for P2 in the constructors’ championship, while Lando Norris will aim to claim fourth place.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).
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