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Brundle: Disappointed Hamilton and Wolff played down Verstappen’s achievement

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Martin Brundle weighed in on the ongoing campaign Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff have been on playing down Max Verstappen’s achievement admitting his disappointment in them.

Verstappen won his tenth race in a row in the 2023 Formula 1 season last Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza, while Red Bull remain unbeaten this year winning all 14 races so far this year.

Verstappen has now beaten Sebastian Vettel’s record of nine consecutive wins the retired German driver achieved with Red Bull in 2013.

But Hamilton believes Verstappen has had it easy in terms of teammates, while Wolff claimed these records are irrelevant.

In his post Italian Grand Prix column for Sky Sports F1, Brundle, a former F1 driver and respected pundit of the sport gave his opinion on the matter.

Of Verstappen’s and Red Bull’s achievement, Brundle wrote: “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,” he added.

Brundle revealed: “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.

“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,” the veteran of 158 grands prix concluded.

Mercedes have dominated the sport between 2014 and 2020, winning seven F1 Title doubles, with Hamilton clinching six F1 Drivers’ Crowns, and Nico Roberg taking one in 2016.

Mercedes took a record breaking eighth consecutive F1 Constructors’ Title in 2021, as Verstappen beat Hamilton to the Drivers’ Championship that year.