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Toto Wolff thinks Max Verstappen’s new record for successive wins is ‘totally unimportant.’

Verstappen’s victory at Monza on Sunday means he has exceeded his Red Bull predecessor Sebastian Vettel’s streak of nine consecutive victories from 2013, and has accomplished something Mercedes did not do during their reign from 2014 to 2020.

“These kinds of records are completely irrelevant to me,” Wolff stated. They were unimportant during our glory days at Mercedes.

“I have no idea how many races we won in a row. [I] had no idea there was a count.”

Verstappen’s victory, on the other hand, “shows a great driver in a great car competing at an extremely high level,” according to Wolff.

In a follow-up response to Verstappen, he said, “By the way, that record, I would think it’s a good one, because it’s perfection.”

And, barring an error, he predicted that Red Bull would win every race this season.

“I think they need to screw it up themselves in order to not win [every race] this season,” Wolff explained.

“They always had mega pace – from Monza to Monaco, they were performing and this is impressive,” Ferrari team principal Frederic Vasseur remarked. But the most impressive thing for me is that Max – not only in the last 10 races, but in the last two years – hasn’t made a single mistake in the races.

“It’s easier to avoid mistakes when you have a competitive advantage, but even in these circumstances, he manages the situation very well.”

“To not make a single mistake over two seasons is incredible.”

“You have to recognize and applaud what Max is doing right now,” Red Bull team principal Christian Horner remarked. It’s one-of-a-kind. We should not detract in any manner from that.

“In sport, things like this happen very rarely, and it’s a golden moment for him and certainly a golden moment for the team.”

There has been debate within F1 about whether the governing body, the FIA, should legislate to try to end Red Bull’s dominance, as they did at the end of 2020 when a rule change for the 2021 season affected Mercedes more than other teams and resulted in a ferocious title battle between Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, with the Dutchman eventually coming out on top after winning the controversial season finale in Abu Dhabi.

“If a team dominates in the way Max has with Red Bull, then fair dues,” Wolff remarked. It’s a meritocracy.

“As long as you follow the rules – technical, sporting, and financial – we just need to say congratulations.” And if it takes a long time [to catch up], then so be it.

“I recall folks yelling foul when it was us. Sport comes before entertainment, not the other way around. We don’t want to be planned stuff, therefore you can’t be WWE [wrestling].”


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