Toto Wolff: Max Verstappen’s dominance in Hungary made the rest of the grid look like “a field of F2 cars”
- Toto Wolff thinks Max Verstappen is making the F1 field look like F2 cars
- It comes after the Dutch driver took his ninth win of the season in Hungary.
- The Mercedes team principal also admitted that ‘Red Bull had done a better job’
Toto Wolff believes that Max Verstappen’s Red Bull is so dominant that it makes the rest of the field look like Formula Two cars.
The Mercedes boss was speaking after Verstappen recorded his team’s record 12th consecutive victory on Sunday in Hungary, eclipsing the previous best record set by McLaren’s Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost 35 years ago.
Verstappen edged Lando Norris into second place by more than half a minute to establish a 110-point lead at the half of the season.
“It was like a group of Formula Two cars against a Formula One car,” Wolff said, after watching Lewis Hamilton and George Russell finish fourth and sixth respectively. ‘In the F2 gang, our car was fast. The F1 car won by 33 seconds.
“We had the second fastest car, and we could talk about that, but it’s irrelevant because another car finished 39 seconds ahead of Lewis and was probably driving most of the time.
Toto Wolff (pictured) has claimed that Max Verstappen’s dominance over the weekend is making the rest of the Formula 1 field look like F2 cars.
The Dutch rider added his seventh consecutive victory on foot and the ninth of the season
Verstappen tore through the field, winning by 33 seconds, to claim a landslide victory in Hungary.
We are going to fight and win races and championships, but we saw the pace that Max had, and that is the bitter reality.”
Hamilton is winless in 34 races, by far the longest losing streak of his career.
While Verstappen has won all but 10 of them, since Abu Dhabi 2021.
There is legitimate talk of Red Bull becoming Formula One’s first ‘Invincibles’.
But ahead of Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix, boss Christian Horner was cautious about that prospect.
‘How long can we keep this winning streak going?’ he said. ‘Who knows?
‘We have another challenge ahead of us: a sprint race, in the variable conditions at Spa.
“Anything can happen, so we’re taking it pretty much one event at a time.”
Wolff, whose team sits second in the Constructors’ Championship, admitted that “Red Bull have done a better job.”
Lewis Hamilton (left) was their fastest driver, finishing fourth, 39 seconds behind Verstappen.
Red Bull director Christian Horner (left) admitted he didn’t know how long his team could keep up their winning streak.