“It seems that Verstappen is racing against a Formula 2 grid”

The phrase is reminiscent of another from the recent past. Toto Wolffhead of Mercedes, stressed this Sunday the superiority of Verstappen after the Dutchman won the Hungarian GP by 33 seconds, the biggest difference this season between first and second. “It is a meritocracy. We will fight again and win races and titles, but now we see Max’s pace, which was seen from the long runs on Friday. And that’s where they are. It’s like a Formula 2 grid against a Formula 1. They have done the best job within the standards.”

Hamilton started from pole position, but lost his podium chances at the start (Verstappen and the two McLarens passed him) and then they were too conservative with tire management, judges the Austrian leader: “We gave up about 15 seconds, when we later finished 1.9 behind Pérez and four behind Lando (Norris)”. Among the curiosities, Wolff seemed to tell one of the children who was part of the children’s broadcast of the race that Sir Lewis has already signed his renewal for the next two years.

Historical record

On the other side, where Mercedes was before, Red Bull celebrated from the same podium at the Hungaroring a historic record in F1: never before had a team achieved 12 consecutive victories, which are those that have elapsed between Abu Dhabi 2022 and Hungary 2023. The last victory of another car was signed by Russell with Mercedes in Brazil, last year. Until now, the record belonged to McLaren with the eleven victories between Brazil and Belgium in 1988. That year, McLaren won 15 grand prix out of 16 disputed. Berger achieved for Ferrari the only victory that was not from Woking in the Italian GP. This season, Red Bull still aspires to sign the perfect season in terms of victories. The rest have eleven races, just half the calendar, to avoid it.

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