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Verstappen fumes over Wolff's 'bulls**t' theory

The championship leader is far from pleased with the Mercedes Team Principal.

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Max Verstappen has taken a swipe at Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff over comments targeting the Dutchman's dominance over Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez.

The two-time champion extended his points advantage to 138 over Perez with his ninth-successive victory at Zandvoort last weekend, taking his overall tally of wins to 11 from 13 this term.

Mexican Perez has struggled for form in contrast and despite sitting second in the Drivers' standings, mistakes and a lack of pace - which conspired to trigger a run of five successive races without a Q3 appearance between Monaco and Great Britain - have applied pressure.

Having suggested Perez was no "idiot", Wolff told media including RacingNews365.com following the race at Zandvoort: “We have seen it all these years, Checo is a Grand Prix winner - a multiple Grand Prix winner, so I cannot comprehend.

“We’ve seen that Max has destroyed every single team-mate that was with him.

"Whether it is his ability to create a car around himself that is just very tricky to control, but fast when you can (control it), and that creates those gaps."

Verstappen annoyance

“Bulls**t comments," Verstappen told media including RacingNews365.com.

“It’s not like that, I just drive the car the fastest way possible. I’m not there to tell the guys 'give me more because that’s how I like it'.

“I just say to design me the fastest car and I’ll drive around that because every single year, every car drives a little bit differently.

“People ask 'what is your driving style?' - My driving style is not something particular. I adapt to what I need for the car to go
quick.

“For me, what is very important is that you are able to adapt your driving style to what the car needs.”

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