Wolff Makes an Honest Admission About Max Verstappen’s Invincibility Aura Amid Hamilton F1 Battle

Published 07/09/2021, 8:35 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates winning the race REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger


Max Verstappen won the Austrian Grand Prix in a dominating fashion. He achieved his first career grand slam as he drove from light to flag with no challenge from anyone on the grid.

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This performance comes on the back of an equally dominant display at the Styrian Grand Prix where he won with a margin of over 35 seconds from his championship rival Lewis Hamilton.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 3, 2021, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen reacts after qualifying in pole position Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna

In a recent post by Motorsport, Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff praised the championship leader. He also mentioned that the German team have to work harder to close the gap to Max.

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Our gap to Max Verstappen is not shocking: Toto Wolff on Mercedes’ pace deficit

As reported by Planetf1, Wolff believes that Max is operating on a different level but the German team have to keep an on others too. Mercedes was out-qualified by McLaren driver Lando Norris at Austria round 2 and he finished ahead of Hamilton in the race.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during the race REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

I think Max is in a league of his own, but maybe we can crack the others. There is no special place where we lose a lot of time. The loss is spread over the entire lap.” said the Mercedes team principal.

He also commented on the Mercedes’ pace deficit to the Red Bull,” “The gap to Max is not shocking, but as I said, we lose over the entire lap. It’s not just the tire, the chassis, the engine, it’s all of it. We see that we have to improve in every respect.” said Wolff.

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Red Bull seems to have caught up to Mercedes finally in the Turbo-Hybrid era. The Austrian team have matched the performance of the mighty Mercedes in every department. And it looks like Red Bull may have just edged out the German team by having a more powerful engine.

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Max has also come out on top in the wheel-to-wheel battle with the 7-time world champion Lewis Hamilton. He also won races on tracks that had previously suited Mercedes in past.

Can Mercedes stop Max train at Silverstone? Comment below to let us know.

 

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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