Verstappen could equal his own record for most wins in a season, Red Bull are looking to set their longest ever scoring streak and McLaren hope to extend their podium streak. Here are the milestones and the records which could be broken at the 2023 United States Grand Prix!
THE 2023 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX MILESTONES
The 2023 United States Grand Prix will be the 1,097th World Championship event in Formula 1 history.
The 2023 United States Grand Prix will be the 52nd United States Grand Prix since the event was first held in 1908 and the 44th time that the event has been held as a round of the World Championship. This will be the 11th Formula 1 race held at Circuit of The Americas since the Texas venue joined the calendar in 2012.
This will be the 75th time that Formula 1 has raced in the United States. The United States becomes the fourth country to have hosted 75 rounds of the World Championship.
The 2023 United States Grand Prix will be the 11th race to use the F1 Sprint format since it was introduced at the 2021 British Grand Prix.
The 2023 United States Grand Prix will be the 200th Grand Prix at which Williams have raced with Mercedes engines.
This weekend, Sergio Perez will overtake Jarno Trulli as the driver to have made the 10th most Formula 1 starts.
Lando Norris and George Russell will both make their 100th Grand Prix starts this weekend, becoming the 78th and 79th drivers to make 100 starts. They become the 33rd and 34th drivers to make 100 consecutive starts and the 13th and 14th British drivers to reach a century of starts.
Lando Norris will make this the 23rd time that a driver has started a century of races with a single team.
Norris and Russell also become the 22nd and 23rd drivers to make 100 starts in their respective car numbers.
The 2023 United States Grand Prix will be the seventh round of the World Championship to be held on October 22. The last race held on this date was the 2017 United States Grand Prix.
The 40th lap of the 2023 United States Grand Prix will be the 600th Grand Prix racing lap to take place at Circuit of The Americas.
This will be the first United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas in which Sebastian Vettel will not compete. Lewis Hamilton, Sergio Perez and Daniel Ricciardo will become the only drivers to have started all 11 races at the venue.
The 2023 United States Grand Prix marks the second time that a ‘dead rubber’ race has taken place at Circuit of The Americas. Both titles were also decided ahead of the 2013 race at the track.
VERSTAPPEN CLOSING IN ON 50 WINS
A victory for Max Verstappen at the 2023 United States Grand Prix would be the 50th win of his Formula 1 career. He would become the fifth driver to reach the milestone, after Alain Prost at the 1993 British Grand Prix, Michael Schumacher at the 2001 French Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton at the 2016 United States Grand Prix and Sebastian Vettel at the 2018 Canadian Grand Prix.
Max Verstappen could equal his own record for the most wins in a single season at the 2023 United States Grand Prix. Verstappen has won 14 races so far this year and is one win away from equalling his record of 15 wins from 2022.
Max Verstappen can set a new personal best for most poles in a year at the 2023 United States Grand Prix. Pole this weekend would be his 11th pole of the 2023 season. It would overtake the number of poles he set during the 2021 season. It would also be only the 13th time that a driver has taken 11 poles in a year.
If Max Verstappen leads every lap of the 2023 United States Grand Prix, it would mark the 13th time that he’s led a race from start to end. That would see him equal Jim Clark for fourth on the list of most races led from start to finish.
WILL McLAREN’S PODIUM STREAK CONTINUE?
McLaren have recorded at least one podium finish in all of the last three races. Another top three finish this weekend would mark the first time that the team has recorded a podium finish at four races in a row since the 2012 Hungarian, Belgian, Italian and Singapore Grands Prix.
A top three finish for Lando Norris would make him the first McLaren driver to finish on the podium at four consecutive races since Jenson Button between the 2011 Indian Grand Prix and the 2012 Australian Grand Prix.
Should both Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri finish on the podium, it would be the first time since the 2010 Turkish, Canadian and European Grands Prix that McLaren have seen both cars finish on the podium in three successive races.
A double podium finish for McLaren would mark only the seventh time in the team’s history that the team has recorded double podiums at three or more successive races.
THE FORMULA 1 RECORDS TO BREAK
Red Bull could set a new record for their longest scoring streak in Formula 1. The team have scored at all of the last 38 races – a feat which they have achieved twice before, between the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix & the 2018 Australian Grand Prix and between the 2018 Spanish Grand Prix & the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. However, the team has never previously scored at 39 races in a row.
A points finish for Mercedes would make the 2023 United States Grand Prix the 56th consecutive race weekend at which the team has scored. It would make it the fourth longest scoring streak for a team in Formula 1 history.
At the 2023 Belgian Grand Prix, Max Verstappen joined Fernando Alonso as only the second driver to have won races from nine different grid positions. Either driver could become the first to win from ten different grid positions, while Lewis Hamilton could equal the existing record.
If Lewis Hamilton wins the 2023 United States Grand Prix, it would be the second time that he has won the COTA race on October 22. He also won the 2017 United States Grand Prix on October 22. It would make it the 22nd time in F1 that a driver has won the same race on the same date twice. Read more: F1’s Groundhog Days.
A front row start for Oscar Piastri at the 2023 United States Grand Prix would make this the 100th Grand Prix at which an Australian driver has lined up on the front row of the grid.
Pole position for Charles Leclerc would see him overtake Valtteri Bottas as the non-champion to have taken the most pole positions in Formula 1. The pair are currently tied on 20 poles apiece.
Having already won the Saudi Arabian and Azerbaijan Grands Prix, one more victory for Sergio Perez in 2023 would make this the first season in which he has won three Grands Prix in a single year.
If Fernando Alonso wins any race this season, he will become the oldest driver to win a Grand Prix since Jack Brabham at the 1970 South African Grand Prix. Brabham won that race at the age of 43 years, 11 months and 5 days.
A fifth place finish for Fernando Alonso in the 2023 Unites States Grand Prix would see him equal Jenson Button for the most fifth place finishes in Formula 1. Button finished fifth on 27 occasions during his career.
A top ten finish for Nico Hulkenberg would make this the 100th race weekend at which he has scored points. That includes the 2023 Austrian Grand Prix, at which he only scored points in the Sprint.
If two British drivers finish on the podium, Britain would become the first nation to record 750 podium finishes in Formula 1.
Unless Kevin Magnussen leads a lap of the 2023 United States Grand Prix, he will overtake Martin Brundle as the driver to have started the most Grands Prix without ever leading a lap. Magnussen has led two laps in Formula 1, but that was during the Sprint race at the 2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix, not in the Grand Prix itself.
SARGEANT ON HOME SOIL
Logan Sargeant becomes the first American to race in the United States Grand Prix since Alexander Rossi at the 2014 United States Grand Prix. This will be Sargeant’s second appearance on home soil, having raced in the Miami Grand Prix earlier in the year.
A points finish for Sargeant would mark the first time in over 30 years that an American driver has scored in Formula 1. American drivers have been stuck on 998 points since the 1993 Italian Grand Prix, when Michael Andretti scored the last points of his career with a podium finish for McLaren.
A points finish for Sargeant would make him the first American driver to score on home soil since Eddie Cheever at the 1989 United States Grand Prix.
2023 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX: RECORDS TO BREAK
Victory for Max Verstappen in the 2023 United States Grand Prix would see him equal Lewis Hamilton’s record of three consecutive wins at COTA.
If a British driver finishes on the podium, it would be the tenth podium appearance for a British driver at Circuit of The Americas. Britain would be the first nation to reach ten podiums here.
Mercedes are currently the team with the most fastest laps at Circuit of The Americas, having set the fastest lap on four occasions. They could extend the record at the 2023 United States Grand Prix, or it could be equalled by Red Bull or Mercedes.
Lewis Hamilton is the only driver to have completed every racing lap so far at Circuit of The Americas. If he reaches Lap 40 of the race, he’ll become the first driver to have completed 600 racing laps at the track.
While Lewis Hamilton can become the first driver to finish 11 races at COTA, Sergio Perez could equal his record tally of ten finishes at the track if Hamilton fails to reach the chequered flag.
Ferrari and Mercedes are currently tied with Ford Cosworth and Honda as the engine manufacturer to have taken the most wins at the United States Grand Prix, with eight apiece. Ferrari or Mercedes could set a new outright record at the 2023 United States Grand Prix.
If Lewis Hamilton leads 24 laps of the 2023 United States Grand Prix, he’ll overtake Michael Schumacher as the driver to have led the most laps in United States Grand Prix history. Schumacher led 315 laps at the event in his career.
If Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz lead 50 laps of the 2023 United States Grand Prix between them, Ferrari will overtake Lotus as the team to have led the most laps at the United States Grand Prix.
A second place finish for Lewis Hamilton at the 2023 United States Grand Prix will see him overtake Nico Rosberg as the driver to have finished as runner-up on the most occasions at COTA. The pair are currently tied on three second place finishes at the track.
Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris are two of only three drivers with a 100% points-scoring record at COTA. Both will be aiming for points again this weekend, to remain in this club with Bruno Senna.
Nico Hulkenberg currently holds the record for most retirements at COTA, with four. He could extend the record to five this weekend, while Fernando Alonso could equal his existing tally.
2023 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX: QUALIFYING RECORDS
Pole position for Lewis Hamilton would see him equal Ayrton Senna’s record of five pole positions at the United States Grand Prix.
There has been a different polesitter in each of the last four races at Circuit of The Americas. Should a driver other than Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, Max Verstappen or Carlos Sainz take pole at the 2023 United States Grand Prix, it would extend the record of most consecutive different polesitters at COTA to five.
A pole for a British driver would see Britain equal Germany’s record of four poles at Circuit of The Americas.
Ferrari and Mercedes are tied as the engine manufacturers to have taken the most pole positions at the United States Grand Prix, with eight apiece. Either manufacturer could set a new outright record in 2023.
Charles Leclerc, Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris will be hoping to maintain their 100% Q3 appearance records at COTA.
Daniil Kvyat currently holds the record for most Q2 eliminations at COTA, with four. His record could be equalled this weekend by Sergio Perez, Fernando Alonso or Nico Hulkenberg.
Lance Stroll and Kevin Magnussen are currently tied for most Q1 exits at COTA with Marcus Ericsson. All three drivers have been eliminated in Q1 on three occasions at the track. Stroll and Magnussen could set a new record this weekend, while Esteban Ocon could equal their existing tally.
HAMILTON SEARCHES FOR FIRST VICTORY SINCE 2021
Victory for Lewis Hamilton would see car number 44 equal car number 2 as the car number to have taken the third most wins in Formula 1.
A victory for Lewis Hamilton at any race in 2023 would see him move into the top 20 of the oldest drivers to win a Grand Prix in Formula 1. He would overtake Damon Hill as the third-oldest British driver to have won a Grand Prix.
If Lewis Hamilton wins any race this year, he’ll overtake Kimi Raikkonen as the driver to have had the longest gap between his first and last Grand Prix victories. He’d also be the first driver to have won after the 300th race of his career. Fernando Alonso would break the record if he were to take victory.
A victory for Lewis Hamilton would make him the first driver to have won in 16 different Formula 1 seasons. 2022 is the only season during his career in which Hamilton has not taken a victory.
WILL MERCEDES BE BACK IN THE FIGHT?
A victory for Mercedes would make 2023 the 12th consecutive season in which the team has won a race. They would be only the third team to win in 12 consecutive seasons, after Ferrari (1994-2013) and McLaren (1981-1993).
Victory for a Mercedes-powered car would see them become only the third engine manufacturer to have won in 17 consecutive Formula 1 seasons. The only other manufacturers to have done so are Ferrari (20 seasons, between 1994-2013) and Ford Cosworth (17 seasons, between 1967-1983).
If three Mercedes-powered cars finish on the podium, Mercedes will equal Renault’s record tally of seventeen podium lockouts for an engine manufacturer.