‘Irrelevant’ Max Verstappen win record only for Wikipedia, says Toto Wolff

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MONZA, Italy — Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has called Max Verstappen’s streak of 10 consecutive wins “irrelevant,” saying it’s just a number for the Wikipedia statistics page.

After tying Sebastian Vettel’s record of nine consecutive victories at the Dutch Grand Prix, Verstappen moved into uncharted territory with a 10th straight win at Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix.

Verstappen’s run of dominance comes in a season in which Red Bull has won every race and is currently on a run of 24 wins from 25 grands prix, dating back to mid-2022.

Asked about Verstappen’s record after the Italian Grand Prix, Wolff told Sky Sports: “Our situation might have been a bit different because we had two drivers fighting against each other in our team.”

“I don’t know if he cares about the record – it’s not something that would matter to me, any of those numbers.

“This is for Wikipedia and no one reads it anyway.”

There have been times when Mercedes enjoyed similar levels of dominance in F1 between 2014 and 2020, but its longest streak by a driver was topped at seven for Nico Rosberg at the end of the 2015 season and the start of 2016.

Lewis Hamilton, who holds the record for most overall race wins with 103 and shares the most titles with Michael Schumacher with seven, has managed five in a row on two occasions — once in 2014 when Rosberg ended his streak at the Brazilian Grand Prix when the pair were battling for the title and Once his run ended in 2020 when he missed a race with Covid-19.

Speaking in a separate media session later in the evening, Wolfe said he didn’t know the record existed before being asked about it.

“We just talked about it, for me that kind of record is completely irrelevant,” he added. “In our good days at Mercedes they were irrelevant, I didn’t know how many races we won in a row and I didn’t even know there was a count for how many races you won in a row.

“Therefore, it’s difficult to ask me to comment on some achievements because it has never played a role in my entire life. The result itself shows that a great driver in a great car is competing at a very high level.”

However, Wolff said he would be impressed if Red Bull could go an entire season unbeaten — a feat no team has achieved in F1 history.

McLaren came closest in 1988 with 15 wins from 16, while Mercedes won 19 from 21 in 2016.

Asked if there were any races left for Red Bull to lose this season, Wolff said: “No, I think they have to rule it out themselves.

“They’ve been on track to win every race this season and that’s a record that I think is a good one, because it’s perfection.

We couldn’t do it [in 2016] Because in Barcelona two of our drivers pushed each other out and then we had an engine failure in Malaysia.

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