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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB19, 1st position, takes the chequered flag
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Formula 1 Canadian GP
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How Verstappen helped Red Bull reach F1's 100 club in Canada

Another serene performance from Red Bull's world champion in Montreal meant Max Verstappen extended his points lead once more with a sixth win from eight races. The significant result for the history books, as his team became only the fifth to reach the landmark of 100 Formula 1 wins, came with a controlled drive to leave two more duelling champions in his wake

On London's Oxford Street lies a small music venue, nestled inconspicuously between high-street staple shops. It’s almost barely visible, except from its little red sign. In the 1970s, it was there that punk music found its way out of the underground and into the mainstream, horrifying traditionalists and mobilising a youth movement united by the brash and loud counterculture it produced. This is the 100 Club, a venue that survives today in a post-punk world.

Formula 1’s own 100 club was, until the Canadian Grand Prix, occupied by a quartet of its own traditional icons. Ferrari, Williams, McLaren, and Mercedes were the sole occupiers of the exalted halls of those who have reached the milestone of 100 grand prix victories. Red Bull, once F1’s counterculture team owing to its bold and dynamic approach to racing, has now joined them thanks to frontman Max Verstappen’s one-man show at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Not that it was much of a surprise, given the run of form he currently finds himself in throughout a so-far dominant 2023.

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