Mark Webber brushes off Max Verstappen criticism

Max Verstappen's win at the 2023 Canadian GP was Red Bull's 100th victory in F1.

Ex-Formula 1 driver Mark Webber believes Red Bull don’t get the credit they deserve, following their 100th victory last weekend at the Canadian Grand Prix.

Reigning World Champion Max Verstappen’s sixth victory of 2023 marked a century of wins for the Milton Keynes-based team, who entered the F1 paddock in 2005.

Webber raced for the Austrians from 2007-2013, before retiring from the pinnacle of motorsport and being replaced by fellow Australian Daniel Ricciardo.

Out of Red Bull’s 100 victories, Webber is responsible for nine of them.

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The Aussie believes people “forget” how hard the Austrians have worked to get to where they are today, with the retired driver having labelled the side’s work as “extraordinary”.

“People sometimes forget that the amount of work that Red Bull has done is extraordinary,” Webber said.

Red Bull have certainly cemented their place as being one of the greatest teams in the history of F1, something which is difficult to argue with.

If Verstappen wins a third consecutive title this season, it’ll mark seven Drivers’ Championships for Red Bull, with Sebastian Vettel having claimed four whilst racing for the side.

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Should Red Bull claim a second consecutive Constructors’ Championship this season, then it’d be their sixth overall.

Despite all their success though, Red Bull are seen as being an unpopular team by many.

One of the biggest reasons for this is because they breached the 2021 budget cap, a costly mistake they are still feeling the effects of.

It’s easy to forget that they’re actually in the middle of serving their punishment for breaching the cap, given how they’ve won all eight races so far in 2023.

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Webber believes the side do deserve “even more praise”, something he thinks they would’ve received by now had they “been a factory team”.

“It is still essentially a team made up of fantastic individuals and people who have done a great job to create a wonderful Formula 1 car that can compete in the world championship and that is dominant in so many ways,” Webber added.

“If they had been a factory team, they might have received even more praise.”