SINGAPORE – Max Verstappen, has reacted sharply to Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff‘s dismissal of his consecutive victories. Following his win at the Italian Grand Prix, Verstappen’s record-breaking 10th victory in a row, a streak that surpasses the previous record held by Sebastian Vettel, Wolff labeled this achievement as “irrelevant”.
Verstappen’s achievement was discussed by Wolff on the night of the Monza race, where he deemed it was only “for Wikipedia”. He further opined that such records were also deemed irrelevant during the phase when Mercedes was dominating the sport.
Verstappen’s response to Wolff’s comments came ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver and championship leader retorted, “They had a pretty s— race [at Monza], so probably he was still pissed off with their performance.”
Verstappen, currently maintaining a lead of 145 points in the drivers’ championship, couldn’t resist a dig at Wolff, saying, “He almost sounds like he’s an employee of our team sometimes, you know? But luckily not.”
Underscoring his team’s strategy to focus on its own performance, even during times when they were trailing Mercedes, Verstappen advised Wolff to do the same. He said, “I think it’s important that you focus on your own team. We do and that’s what we did in the past as well when we were behind them and they were dominating.”
The Dutch driver advocated towards appreciating a team’s success and touted Red Bull‘s ascendancy as a valuable inspiration. He said, “I think you should be able to appreciate when a team is doing really well, which I think we have done in the past because it worked also as inspiration to see someone that dominant, it was very impressive at the time.”
His winning spree has given Verstappen and his team much to celebrate and to stay focused on their performance. Verstappen concluded by sharing, “We knew that we had to work harder and try to be better, and now that we are there we are very happy and we are enjoying the moment. Honestly, that’s all I can say about it.”
Looking ahead to the Singapore Grand Prix, Verstappen was candid about the impending challenges that this iconic street circuit presents, particularly due to the intense heat and humidity in Singapore. Last year, Verstappen’s result here was an underwhelming seventh place.
He admitted, “I think we are not as competitive here as at other tracks. The street circuits are a little bit tough for our car. I still think we can do a good job but it will be very tight.”