Who has had the most dominant season in Formula 1?

Published on 11 October 2023 at 13:00

Max Verstappen has already won the 2023 Drivers' World Championship and did it with six races to go. The Dutchman has set many records throughout the 2023 season, resulting in debates of him having the most dominant season in Formula 1 history. Lets go through the most dominant seasons that the sport has witnessed.


Verstappen won the 2023 Qatar Grand Prix, adding another win to his 2023 season (Image Credit: Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Max Verstappen 2023


Lets start with the most recent form of dominance. Verstappen became a three-time world champion last weekend in Qatar, winning three consecutive titles in 2021, 2022, 2023.


Since the start of the new regulations in 2022, Red Bull had nailed them to perfection. In 2022, the Bulls were fighting with Ferrari for race wins. However, the Scuderia would be out-developed by the Austrian team, resulting in complete dominance from the second half of the 2022 season onwards.


2023 would see utter dominance from Red Bull and Max Verstappen. Out of the 17 races, Red Bull has won 16 of them - only losing out to Carlos Sainz at the 2023 Singapore Grand Prix, where Red Bull could simply not find performance.


Out of Red Bull's 16 wins, Verstappen has won 14 of them - with Perez only winning in Jeddah and Baku. However, the Dutchman has completely outperformed his Mexican teammate Sergio Perez, who is still under pressure to get his performances improved.


Along with that, Verstappen also broke the record for the most consecutive race wins with 10. The 26-year-old beat Sebastian Vettel's record of nine, achieved back in 2013 for Red Bull. 


No one has been able to get anywhere near close to the Red Bull driver with the three-time world champion having more points than second and third in the championship combined.


Verstappen's dominance is that impressive as if it was only himself driving for Red Bull, the Austrian team would still be winning the constructors' championship without Perez's points.


Sebastian Vettel 2013


Verstappen wasn't the only driver for Red Bull that completely dominated throughout a season. Sebastian Vettel was the first driver to deliver dominance to Red Bull.


The German won four consecutive world championships during the years 2010-2013. He had some close battles with Fernando Alonso in 2010 and 2012. However, 2011 and 2013 were completely dominant from the Red Bull driver - especially 2013.


Vettel would go on to win 13 races during the 2013 season. The Red Bull driver would break many records that season, including winning the most consecutive races at the time.


Throughout the first half of the season, the German would only win four of the 10 races before the summer break arrived. However, after the summer break, Vettel and Red Bull would become a different beast.


The three-time world champion at the time would go on a rampage from Belgium onwards, winning every single race after the summer break, leaving his rivals with no chance of competing. 


Vettel would have the championship wrapped up after winning the Indian Grand Prix, becoming world champion three more rounds left to go in a 19-race season.


The Red Bull driver finished the season with a 68.42% win rate, completely outperforming teammate Mark Webber, who left the sport after tensions were high between the pair.


The tensions is what made Vettel a ruthless champion, wanting to win races no matter what. The German was asked to hold back in Malaysia, but didn't and overtook Webber on track in the famous 'Multi 21' incident.


The famous photo of Vettel after winning the race and championship in India (Image Credit: Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Michael Schumacher 2002


Finally, we have Michael Schumacher's dominance for Ferrari during the 2002 season. Schumacher had won seven world championships throughout his career - with the 2002 season with Ferrari being the most dominant.


The German would go on to win 11 of the 17 races in the 2002, including having a rampant start, winning six of the first eight races. Because of that, he would end up winning the championship by round 11 at Magny-Cours.


The 2002 world championship would be the German's third consecutive world title, winning the previous two in 2000 and 2001. He would also win the next two titles after 2002 in 2003 and 2004, making it five consecutive world championships. 


Schumacher, quite simply, dominated the early 2000's with Ferrari and 2002 was his most dominant season. The German had a win rate of 64.70% that season.


Schumacher and Ferrari were an unstoppable force, winning five of his seven world championships with the Scuderia (Image Credit: Andreas Rentz/Bongarts/Getty Images)


Who do you think had the most dominant season in Formula 1 history out of these three or is it someone else that hasn't been mentioned?


Nathan Hartley

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