Martin Brundle surprised because Wolff and Hamilton played down Verstappen's success

“What an achievement to faultlessly keep up that level of performance and reliability on many different track layouts"

by Sead Dedovic
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Martin Brundle surprised because Wolff and Hamilton played down Verstappen's success
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True F1 fans know how many statements have been made by Mercedes CEO Toto Wolff and Lewis Hamilton in the last few days. They seem to have underestimated Max Verstappen's success and the fact that he is doing 'impossible' things at the moment.

Martin Brundle chose to react in his Sky Sports column by emphasizing how great Verstappen is being. Brundle wrote that Verstappen's achievements have been "staggering" and that he is driving "at a level above the rest". He concluded that Verstappen is a "true sporting phenomenon".

“For Max Verstappen to win 10 consecutive races, along with Red Bull taking all 15 races so far this season, it’s truly something to behold,” he wrote in his column! “What an achievement to faultlessly keep up that level of performance and reliability on many different track layouts and in varying weather conditions, up against mighty opposition.

Congratulations to each and every one of them. If a tennis player or football or rugby team for example was so utterly complete and dominant, they would rightly be globally lauded at the highest level. As should this pairing be.

Sport can and should be tribal, but you must surely also appreciate a level of excellence in others. So I was a little surprised and disappointed that Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff played down this achievement over the weekend because they rightly received their due reverence and appreciation during their years of total domination from 2014 to 2020”.

Max Verstappen and his reaction

The former driver, now a commentator and columnist, is aware that the reactions of Max Verstappen, as well as Red Bull's executives, could soon follow. There is a potential for conflict between the two parties, as Verstappen may not agree with the opinions expressed by Hamilton.

“At the same time Max and Red Bull will no doubt reflect on a few past actions and words which have diluted their current appreciation levels in some quarters. But it's all to be expected when you put so many intensely competitive people into the same space”.

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