Former Formula 1 driver Martin Brundle sees that Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton are very calm in the battle for the title. The team bosses of Mercedes and Red Bull Racing are now throwing mud, but the two drivers are mainly heard on the track, Brundle says in his column for Sky Sports.
In Qatar Hamilton was again the old-fashioned dominant. For Verstappen it came down to limiting the damage. He maximized with a second place and one point for the fastest lap. “Hamilton and Verstappen were almost in a different class. They were so determined in their fight at key points for the world title,” Brundle writes. In recent months, many recriminations have been made by Toto Wolff and Christian Horner. The two drivers keep themselves out of this: “Remarkably enough, they seem to be the most down-to-earth of their team.”
The second drivers, Valtteri Bottas and Sergio Perez, cannot match the level of the title candidates. “Champions take their qualities to the next level again,” says the Brit. That is why the difference is so great with their teammates, who do not have those abilities. The rivals were nearly thirty seconds away from the rest of the field. The second drivers are of course extremely important for the constructors’ championship and they will have to focus on that.
Mercedes manages to increase the pressure at Red Bull Racing in the final phase of the championship. “It’s a crucial point in the championship and Mercedes just knows how to accelerate. In addition, Lewis has regained confidence in the simulator,” said the former Formula 1 driver. In addition, Brundle is charmed by the motivation of the seven-time world champion. “Despite his age, trophies and bank account, he manages to motivate himself again for title number eight,” concludes Brundle.