The current Formula 1 season, largely dominated by Red Bull, has been a source of scrutiny by its rival teams. This scrutiny closely reviews both the general performance of the Red Bull team as well as driver Max Verstappen‘s form in the overall scheme of the sport’s history.
After a string of victories by Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton proposed that these wins came without the same level of teammate competition he faced throughout his own career. This assertion sparked quite a bit of conversation on various social media platforms.
In addition, Toto Wolff, the boss of Mercedes, stirred the pot further post the Italian Grand Prix. He understated the importance of Verstappen’s record-breaking 10th consecutive win by dismissing it as merely a ‘Wikipedia-worthy’ achievement.
Red Bull‘s motorsport advisor, Marko, implied the comments from Mercedes were reflective of the German manufacturer’s attitude rather than any significant concern for him or his team.
“Herein lies the difference between us and Mercedes,” he shared with F1 Initiative. “We’re dedicated to extracting the best performance from our team without distraction from Mercedes unless they pose a serious threat.”
Marko continued, “Our focus remains on our performance, striving for the best. We don’t harbor such distractions as formulating stories like Mercedes.”
Marko’s comments followed Verstappen’s suggestion that Mercedes was finding it challenging to accept defeat after years of reigning supreme in the F1 arena. Verstappen voiced during the Italian Grand Prix, “Mercedes is evidently finding it tough to deal with losing. That’s an inevitable problem when you’ve experienced years of victory, of course.”
In closing, Verstappen said, “We accepted and respected Mercedes’ domination in the past, working to better our performance because at that time, we were simply lacking. They may dismiss our current successes, but ultimately the focus should be on self-improvement, the only aspect we can truly influence.”