Max Verstappen, the dynamic Dutch driver, has yet again etched his name in the annals of F1 racing by seizing his 10th straight win at Monza. This has allowed him to elude the previous record for the highest number of successive victories held by both Sebastian Vettel and Alberto Ascari.
Overcoming the astonishing F1 record, Verstappen was met with lacklustre applause from Wolff, who abashedly diminished the achievement saying it was merely “for Wikipedia and nobody reads that anyway”.
Unperturbed by Wolff’s faint praise, Verstappen expressed that he wasn’t overly concerned about Wolff’s remarks. What surprised him, however, was that Mercedes’ past F1 dominance didn’t lead to a greater appreciation towards Red Bull‘s accomplishments.
In response to this, Verstappen retorted, “I’m not disappointed in that, but they had a pretty shit race, so he probably was still pissed off with their performance,”. He went on to further quip, “I don’t know, he almost sounds like he’s an employee of our team sometimes, but luckily not!”
Echoing the focus needed in the sport, Verstappen stressed, “I think it’s just important that you focus on your own team. That’s what we do as well. That’s what we did in the past as well, when we were behind them and when they were dominating.”
He emphasized the need for appreciating a triumphant team, which according to him served as motivation. Having risen to a comparable level, Verstappen and his team are relishing the moment on the top of the F1 world.
Looking ahead, Verstappen aims to clinch his 11th straight victory at the Marina Bay circuit, a ground where he hasn’t seized glory before. Remarkably, Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez emerged as the victor in the previous season.
Keeping his cool, Verstappen stated there was no surge or drop in pressure before or after his record-setting journey. “I never really looked at the number – eight, nine, 10. I just always want to do the best I can,” he clarifies.
Going forward with the same momentum, he affirms, “So naturally every single weekend, it’s basically the same amount of pressure you put on yourself to try and get the best result out of it. Nothing really changes actually from that side.”