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Toto Wolff says Max Verstappen made the rest of the grid look ‘like F2 cars’ after domination in Hungary

Toto Wolff: Max Verstappen domination in Hungary made the rest of the grid look ‘like a field of F2 cars’

  • Toto Wolff believes Max Verstappen is making the F1 field look like F2 cars  
  • It comes after the Dutch driver claimed 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 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 registered his team’s record 12th consecutive victory on Sunday in Hungary, eclipsing the previous best set by McLaren’s Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost 35 years ago.

Verstappen beat Lando Norris into second place by more than half a minute to establish a lead of 110 points at the halfway stage of the season.

‘It was like a bunch of Formula Two cars against a Formula One car,’ said Wolff, after seeing Lewis Hamilton and George Russell finish fourth and sixth respectively. ‘In the F2 gang, our car was quick. The F1 car won by 33 seconds.

‘We had the second quickest car, and we could talk that up, but it’s irrelevant because another car finished 39 seconds ahead of Lewis and was probably cruising a lot of the time. 

Toto Wolff (pictured) has claimed that Max Verstappen's dominance at the weekend is making the rest of the Formula 1 field look like F2 cars

Toto Wolff (pictured) has claimed that Max Verstappen’s dominance at the weekend is making the rest of the Formula 1 field look like F2 cars

The Dutch driver claimed his seventh consecutive win on the run and his ninth of the season

The Dutch driver claimed his seventh consecutive win on the run and his ninth of the season

Verstappen cruised past the field, winning by 33 seconds, to claim an landslide win in Hungary

Verstappen cruised past the field, winning by 33 seconds, to claim an landslide win in Hungary

We are going to fight back and win races and championships, but we saw the pace Max had, and that’s the bitter reality.’ 

Hamilton has not won for 34 races — by far the longest losing streak of his career.

While Verstappen has won all but 10 of those, dating back to Abu Dhabi 2021.

There is legitimate talk of Red Bull turning themselves into Formula One’s first ‘Invincibles’. 

But ahead of this Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix, boss Christian Horner was guarded about that prospect.

‘How long can we keep this winning run going?’ he said. ‘Who knows?

‘We’ve got another challenge coming up: a sprint race, with the variable conditions of Spa. 

‘Anything can happen, so we’re just taking it pretty much one event at a time.’

Wolff, whose team sit second in the Constructors Championship, admitted 'Red Bull have done a better job'

Wolff, whose team sit second in the Constructors Championship, admitted ‘Red Bull have done a better job’ 

Lewis Hamilton (left) was their fastest driver, finishing fourth, 39 seconds behind Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton (left) was their fastest driver, finishing fourth, 39 seconds behind Verstappen

Red Bull principal, Christian Horner (left) admitted he didn't know how long his team could keep their winning run going for

Red Bull principal, Christian Horner (left) admitted he didn’t know how long his team could keep their winning run going for