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Martin Brundle

Brundle fires back at Wolff for 'Wikipedia' jibe

The Former F1 driver and Sky Sports F1 commentator was not impressed by Mercedes lack of appreciation for their rivals efforts.

Verstappen Monza 10 wins
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Former F1 driver Martin Brundle believes Red Bull's dominance should be appreciated, after the team claimed their 14th win in a row for the 2023 season.

The team has not lost a race since the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with Max Verstappen going on to break the record for most wins in succession at Monza with a 10th victory.

Red Bull is now on 583 points in the Constructors' Championship and are 310 points clear of Mercedes, with questions now turning to whether they can win every race in 2023.

Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff reacted to Verstappen's record by claiming it was "just for Wikipedia" and doubted whether he cared about such a record.

Red Bull dominance should be appreciated

Writing on his Sky Sports F1 column, Brundle feels they should be applauded for their efforts.

"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," he wrote.

"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.

"So 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."

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