Martin Brundle launched a passionate criticism of Max Verstappen, and lamented the driver’s inability to drive more maturely.
Verstappen has bottled a 21-point lead to now sit level on the championship standings with Lewis Hamilton. However, it is still 50-50 heading into the final race of the season, with the psychological advantage very much with the Dutchman.
Should both drivers fail to finish, the championship goes to Super Max, having won nine races to Hamilton’s eight. The possibility of the Red Bull driver causing a double DNF is not distant, given that he has been involved in many racing controversies this season.
Brundle launched a passionate criticism of Verstappen, and expressed his sadness to see a great driver like him play the villain at times.
In his column for Sky Sports, Brundle wrote, “The Sporting Regulations simply can’t contain the way that Max Verstappen is choosing to go racing at the moment.
“The FIA’s only way to control him is with endless reviews and occasional penalties.
“He’s been playing the game given that, with his points advantage, Lewis Hamilton simply can’t afford to have an accident with him and lose an opportunity to reduce the points deficit.
“Such is Max’s car control and cunning he’s sometimes able to pull off the audacious moves and leave a margin of doubt as to whether it’s hard racing or simply a professional foul outside of the regulations.
And it’s those moments, such as the infamous turn four in Brazil, which are generating the confusion, controversies and inconsistencies.”
Brundle also revealed his admiration for the 24-year-old, but expressed his disappointment in him driving recklessly.
“I’m in awe of Verstappen’s driving skills and racing nous, and have championed him since the Chinese Grand Prix of 2015 when he was in the Toro Rosso,” he continued.
“His touch and control behind the wheel is something to behold, but it saddens me that he’s resorting to such tactics, he’s better than that.
“And for all his carefree attitude, it will be such a shame if his legacy is to be labelled as an unfair driver.”
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