“It’s amazing. What can you say? It’s an incredible, incredible achievement – 92 victories – and I don’t think it stops there. It will go well over 100.
“So, he’s pushing me to go until I’m 40 years old or something, but that’s good. It’s a good motivation as well.”
Speaking about what has made Hamilton so strong, he said: “Everybody knows he’s very quick but I think what has also been a very strong point is that he’s consistent and very rarely makes a mistake, and that’s why I think he got through these numbers so quickly and yeah, it’s just very impressive.”
At just 23 years old, Verstappen is already one of the more experienced drivers in the field having made his debut when he was just 17 years old.
He’s already made 113 race starts and with another 17 years would easily set the F1 record for most races.
A man has died and two others have been injured after a group of spectators were hit by a vehicle at the Finke Desert Race near Alice Springs on Monday morning.
NT Police confirmed the death of a male spectator in his 60s, and serious injuries to a male spectator in his 50s.
The navigator of the vehicle, a woman in her 50s, sustained minor injuries in the crash.
The two-day Finke Desert Race is an off-road event for bikes, cars, buggies and quad bikes through the central Australian desert from Alice Springs to Aputula, held each year on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.
“At 9:38am police received a report of a group of spectators being struck by a vehicle racing the Finke Desert Race track, 35km from the start/finish line,” a police spokesperson said.
“A male spectator aged in his 50s was seriously injured as a result of the crash and medevaced to the Alice Springs Hospital, and the navigator of the vehicle, a woman aged in her 50s, received minor injuries.
“Another man in his 60s who was a spectator at the event and was struck by the vehicle has died at the scene.”
Police are calling for witnesses to the event as investigations continue.
The area has been cordoned off and competitors have been diverted from the area, which has been declared a crime scene.
An NT Health spokesperson said the two injured people were in a stable condition after sustaining non-life-threatening injuries.
Organisers said vehicles had been stopped on the course and would be recovered by crews.
The car section of the race and the presentation night have been cancelled, they said about 1pm on Monday.
“Motorsport Australia and Event Organisers have advised that as the NT Police are still carrying out investigations at the scene of today’s incident, the Clerk of the Course has declared the Car Section of the Finke Desert Race concluded,” they said in a Facebook post.
“Arrangements will be made in conjunction with NT Police for vehicles stopped on the course at various locations on the Finke Track to be recovered by crews.
“Competitors and crews will be advised in due course.”
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the cause of the incident and calling for any spectators who may have witnessed the incident, or have dash cam or video footage – to contact police immediately on 131 444.
Three races in three weeks is a gruelling prospect for most F1 drivers, but Daniel Ricciardo believes the chaotic schedule is exactly what he needs to “fast track” his progress at McLaren.
Ricciardo’s transition from Renault to McLaren — his third team in four seasons — is proving to be tricky as he tries to come to terms with the car’s unique driving demands.
Difficult assignments at low-grip street circuits Monaco and Baku led to the widening of the gap between the Australian and his teammate Lando Norris, who has 40 more championship points after six races.
But the French, Styrian and Austrian Grands Prix — all at conventional, purpose-built circuits — will take place on consecutive weekends, allowing Ricciardo to log valuable track time in a condensed period.
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“(I’m) looking forward to a triple-header actually,” he said per the F1 website. “Getting into a rhythm, getting into three races in a row. Bit more conventional, bit more run-off room, won’t do us any harm.
“When you’re trying to learn any sport, the best way to learn is practice and doing it and that’s the unique thing with our sport, we can’t do it every day, we can’t just go out tomorrow and go and run a few laps, so I think having three consecutive weekends and putting in the practice consecutively will fast-track my progress.
“We’ve got the simulator and these things help but in the simulator, the walls don’t hurt. So it’s never quite the same.”
Ricciardo crashed during qualifying in Azerbaijan with the 13th-fastest time before he finished the race in ninth.
Asked if he could take comfort in the result, he said: “I can. Just getting the laps in and completing the race – that sounds so basic – but just to keep learning with the car.
“I think there’s moments in the race that took a bit more from it but I think that’s important and yes, a couple of points.”
The French Grand Prix is on June 20 before the Styrian GP on June 27th, and Austrian Grand Prix on July 4.