Max Verstappen broke the record held by Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel after finishing on the podium in the last race in Abu Dhabi and completing the best season of his F1 career.

Verstappen has not been on the podium in just four races this season – in Azerbaijan after tyre puncture, in Silverstone and Monza where he collided with Hamilton and in Hungary his car was badly damaged in a collision at the start.

In the other 18 races, the Dutchman finished on the podium and improved his best performance so far in the number of podiums (11) from 2018 and 2020, and only in the first F1 season (2015) Verstappen was not on the podium.

With a fantastic season in which he won his first title, Verstappen broke the record held so far by Schumacher, Hamilton and Vettel, who were on the podium in 17 races this season. Interestingly, in 18 visits to the podium this season, Verstappen never finished third – he has ten wins and eight second places.

Schumacher also managed to collect 17 podiums in one season (2002) when he finished on the podium in all 17 races, and Hamilton was on the podium 17 times in five seasons – 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2021 while Vettel did it in 2011.

In terms of the percentage of podium races in one season, Schumacher is at the top (100% in 2002), Clark is in second place (90% in 1963) while Hamilton (2015, 89.47%) and Vettel (2011, 89.47%) share third place.

MOST PODIUMS IN ONE SEASON

  Driver Season Races Podiums
1 Max Verstappen 2021 22 18
2 Michael Schumacher 2002 17 17
2 Sebastian Vettel 2011 19 17
2 Lewis Hamilton 2015 19 17
2 Lewis Hamilton 2016 21 17
2 Lewis Hamilton 2018 21 17
2 Lewis Hamilton 2019 21 17
2 Lewis Hamilton 2021 22 17
9 Sebastian Vettel 2013 19 16
9 Lewis Hamilton 2014 19 16
9 Nico Rosberg 2016 21 16

MOST PERCENTAGE OF PODIUMS IN ONE SEASON

Driver Season Races Podiums Percentage
1 Michael Schumacher 2002 17 17 100.00 %
2 Jim Clark 1963 10 9 90.00 %
3 Lewis Hamilton 2015 19 17 89.47 %
3 Sebastian Vettel 2011 19 17 89.47 %
5 Alain Prost 1988 16 14 87.50 %
6 Lewis Hamilton 2014 19 16 84.21 %
7 Michael Schumacher 2004 18 15 83.33 %
8 Michael Schumacher 2001 17 14 82.35 %
9 Max Verstappen 2021 22 18 81.82 %
10 Lewis Hamilton 2016 21 17 80.95 %
10 Lewis Hamilton 2018 21 17 80.95 %
10 Lewis Hamilton 2019 21 17 80.95 %
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