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How Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen compare after 150 F1 races… and Mercedes star proves why he’s GOAT

MAX VERSTAPPEN celebrated his 150th Formula One race with victory at the Canadian Grand Prix last weekend.

The Dutchman stretched his lead in the drivers standings to 46 points as he eyes a second successive title.

Verstappen is on track to retain his drivers championship this year

How Hamilton and Verstappen stack up after their first 150 F1 races

Hamilton has broken all sorts of records during his F1 career

Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton, who was controversially pipped to a record-breaking eighth championship by Verstappen last year, secured his first podium since the opening race of the season as he came home in third.

Regardless of what Hamilton does from here on in, the seven-time champion will arguably go down as the greatest driver in the sport’s history.

But how does Verstappen compare with the Mercedes legend after 150 races?

Well, it’s safe to say Hamilton has the edge in that department too.

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Hamilton had a sensational first 150 races of his F1 career

The Brit managed 34 wins during that early part of his career, eight more than Verstappen.

He also secured significantly more pole positions – boasting 40, a mammoth 25 more than the Dutchman’s 15.

Their number of podiums after 150 races is a much closer comparison.

But Hamilton still comes out on top in that too – with 72 top three finishes to Verstappen’s 67.

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The one statistic in Verstappen’s favour is that he started his F1 career at a much younger age.

The Red Bull driver lined up on the grid for the 2015 Australian Grand Prix at just 17 years old.

That is five years younger than Hamilton was when he began his F1 journey at the 2007 Australian Grand Prix.

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Nevertheless, Verstappen still has a long way to go if he is to get close to Hamilton’s plethora of remarkable records.

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