Max Verstappen has hit out at those criticising Red Bull for being so dominant, with Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff being one of them.
Wolff has recently hit out at Red Bull for making Formula 1 boring and less entertaining, as they boast such a significant advantage.
The Mercedes boss also insisted that when the Silver Arrows were dominant, they at least had two drivers battling it out.
This argument only partly works, as Lewis Hamilton was often much quicker than Valtteri Bottas from 2017-2020.
However, Hamilton and Nico Rosberg often battled from 2014-2016 and even collided on a few occasions.
Wolff stating that Mercedes had two drivers fighting is actually a bit of a shot at Sergio Perez, who has failed to take the fight to Verstappen for the bulk of the season.
With the exception of the opening four rounds, Perez hasn’t been able to compete with Verstappen, who’s been supreme.
Verstappen has won 11 of the 13 completed races this season, whilst he’s won the last nine in a row.
This is actually a joint-record in Formula 1 for the most consecutive wins, a record which he can eclipse this weekend at the Italian Grand Prix.
The Dutchman has often won this season by more than 20 seconds, meaning he could effectively do an additional pit-stop and still lead at certain venues.
He leads the Drivers’ Championship by a staggering 138 points, putting him in a position where he could seal a third consecutive title at the Japanese Grand Prix.
Verstappen is in a complete league of his own, to the extent that he’s won 26 of the last 35 races.
Red Bull though, have won 30 of the last 35.
Charles Leclerc believes Red Bull will remain untouchable until the current era of the sport comes to an end at the end of 2025, with Lewis Hamilton having admitted that the Ferrari driver could be correct.
Verstappen isn’t fazed by people hitting out at Red Bull for effectively doing a good job and believes they “cannot appreciate dominance”, something he admits isn’t “new” to the sport.
“They cannot appreciate dominance or just people executing their jobs,” Verstappen told PA. “It is nothing really new in Formula 1, and I cannot do much with those kind of comments.
“Does it bother me? No. It would probably be worse if they were talking about other stuff.”