'88 Missed Podiums': Verstappen Jokes After Reaching Big Milestone

Sunday, 10 March 2024 at 19:30
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After being asked what it meant to him, Max Verstappen made fun of the big milestone he achieved during the 2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
The triple World Champion started the season with two consecutive wins, extending his streak from the previous season to 9 Grand Prix victories in a row.
Believe it or not, this is the first time that the Flying Dutchman won the first two races of the season. But if he continues on his current trajectory, he could break (his own) record for the most consecutive race wins already during the fourth race of the season.
During the 2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix at Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Verstappen secured a comfortable win after starting from the pole position.
This victory marks the 26-year-old's 100th podium in his 187-race-long career. When asked what this achievement meant to him during the press conference after the race, he jokingly responded:

"It's 88 missed podiums! Of course, very happy with that, but I'm not really a guy looking at the stats, so I'm just happy to hit 100. But I want to of course continue, and just focus race by race on achieving the best possible result all the time."

After the second race of the 2024 season, it is clear that Red Bull's pace advantage from Bahrain wasn't track-specific.
It now seems clear that Verstappen is on his way to winning his fourth consecutive title unless Sergio Perez can step up his performance or other teams bring some major upgrade that would level the playing field. The Dutchman added he was very satisfied with the car his team delivered:

"I think overall of course a fantastic weekend for the whole team but also from my side, I felt really good with the car, and also basically was the same in the race."