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A look into Max Verstappen's F1 season so far makes painful viewing for travelling fans

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A look into Max Verstappen's F1 season so far makes painful viewing for travelling fans
Sep 21, 2017, 11:48 AM

Max Verstappen's season so far, in which he has earned 68 points and holds sixth place in the Formula 1 drivers' standings, throws up some unexpect...

Max Verstappen's season so far, in which he has earned 68 points and holds sixth place in the Formula 1 drivers' standings, throws up some unexpected statistics. And if you were a Dutch Verstappen fan, who has shelled out to go and watch him race at selected venues this year, you might have spent thousands of euros to see just a few seconds of your hero racing action !

With the collisions and reliability problems he's suffered for Red Bull, Verstappen holds an unfortunate record this season having spent the least time on track, and covered the least distance out of any full-time driver in 2017.

The fiery 19-year-old draws huge, easy-to-spot crowds to races, but he has spent nearly half the time racing on track as drivers' standings leader Lewis Hamilton, who has tallied 22 hours and nine minutes.

Verstappen, in comparison, has spent 11 hours and 46 minutes racing in 2017.

With just 457 raced laps under his belt, Verstappen has only completed more laps on a Sunday than Paul di Resta, Antonio Giovinazzi and Jenson Button - all stand-ins who completed around 60 laps each.

Fernando Alonso, even after having missed the Monaco Grand Prix, has completed 47 more laps than Verstappen, who has suffered poor fortune in terms of reliability, with a few collisions thrown in - including the most recent one on the opening lap of the Singapore Grand Prix and the crash which took him out of the Austrian GP.

The driver who has raced the most laps in 2017 is Lewis Hamilton with 834, over the Force India pair of Esteban Ocon (828) and Sergio Perez (814).

In terms of laps completed in every session – including qualifying, practice and race - Verstappen has completed 1562, putting him 18th in that leaderboard in 2017.

With fewer laps completed this season than Verstappen is Jolyon Palmer (1523 laps) and Alonso with 1369 laps.

Force India's Ocon has completed the most with 2191, over Valtteri Bottas (2118) and Sergio Perez (2100), meaning that Force India can comfortably boast about its reliability, while Mercedes has been duly dependant this year once again.

That's 2308km of racing this season for Verstappen: fewer than any full-time driver this season has completed.

Alonso has raced 324km more. Once again, only substitutes Giovinazzi (308km), di Resta (263) and Button (190) have covered fewer kilometres while racing this year.

Dutch fans on the road: Seven disastrous Grands Prix

Having become the youngest F1 race winner at the 2016 Spanish GP, Verstappen has his fans and the sea of orange-clad spectators has become a familiar sight at many circuits. More performances such as his incredible comeback through the rain in Brazil last season have only expanded Verstappen's fanbase.

However, if you were one of the Verstappen fans who saved up to witness him race in Bahrain, Spain, Azerbaijan, Austria, Belgium and Singapore this year - you will have only seen him race for just over an hour !

Because he retired early from all of those seven grands prix, Verstappen spent an estimated 1 hour, 11 minutes and 32 seconds on track, including the generous estimate of 10s he spent racing in Singapore before the Turn 1 crash took him out.

RACE 

TIME ON TRACK

LAPS RACED

ISSUE

BAHRAIN

17m52s

11

Brakes

SPAIN

2m41s

1

Crash

CANADA

15m07s

10

Battery

AZERBAIJAN

22m17s

12

Engine

AUSTRIA

13s

0

Clutch/Crash

BELGIUM

13m3s

7

Engine

SINGAPORE

10s

0

Crash

Again in Austria, Verstappen was collected in Turn 1 and spent under 13s actually racing.

Considering that it costs around £500-600 to purchase a ticket, stay at a mid-range hotel and keep a daily budget of around £60, it would've cost this unfortunate fan £3500 to witness under an hour of racing, not including the flights.

With return flights costing around £2500 in total for all six races, this one Verstappen fan would have been set back a staggering £6000 just to witness this unfortunate spell, lasting just over an hour.

Will Verstappen's fortunes turn around this season with Red Bull? Have your say in the comment section below.

 

 
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