Max Verstappen tears apart his critics

Max Verstappen can eclipse Sebastian Vettel's record of nine consecutive wins at Monza on Sunday.

Championship leader Max Verstappen is confident that he can win all nine remaining races this season, with the Red Bull driver currently being extremely high on confidence.

Verstappen is enjoying an unbelievable campaign, which has already seen him claim 11 victories.

Nine of those 11 wins have come consecutively, something which saw him match Sebastian Vettel’s record last weekend at the Dutch Grand Prix.

A win at the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday would mark his 10th in a row, which would see him eclipse Vettel’s record.

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As sublime as Verstappen’s and Red Bull’s superiority is, the side have come under fire from Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, who believes the Austrians dominance is impacting F1’s entertainment.

Verstappen isn’t having any of it and believes those criticising Red Bull for being so strong simply “cannot appreciate dominance”.

“They cannot appreciate dominance or just people executing their jobs,” Verstappen told PA News agency.

“It is nothing really new in Formula One, and I cannot do much with those kind of comments. Does it bother me? No.

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“It would probably be worse if they were talking about other stuff. I am enjoying what I am doing and I hope I can do it for a while.

“I don’t want it to stop. We have another good opportunity this weekend. I believe I can win every single race.”

Verstappen’s dominance has seen him move ever closer towards a third consecutive title, with the likes of Adrian Newey having hailed the 25-year-old as one of the greatest drivers in the history of F1.

Given how competitive the sport is now, very few thought Vettel’s record would ever be matched, let alone potentially beaten.

Verstappen is expected to beat the German’s record, although the reigning World Champion can’t quite believe he’s gotten to nine consecutive wins.

“It is not about getting the recognition because I know how hard it is to do,” said Verstappen.

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“If it was very easy, more drivers would have won nine in a row, and more teams would have done it, and that is not the case.

“It hasn’t been straightforward either. In Zandvoort especially, a lot of things could have gone wrong, and in the end we still handled that really well.

“I never thought I would get to nine. I remember watching Seb do it, and I was like, ‘Jesus Christ, that is extremely difficult’, and now I am here and it is amazing.”