F1: Max Verstappen’s ‘tactics’ with Lewis Hamilton could damage his ‘LEGACY’, says Martin Brundle


Max Verstappen’s ‘tactics’ in pulsating F1 world title battle with Lewis Hamilton could damage his ‘LEGACY’ and see Dutchman ‘labelled an unfair’ driver’, says Martin Brundle ahead of final race showdown in Abu Dhabi

  • Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton are level on points going into the final race
  • The pair were involved in plenty of flashpoints in Sunday’s Saudi Arabia GP
  • Verstappen received two different penalties for incidents involving Hamilton
  • Sky F1 expert Martin Brundle is worried Verstappen could ruin his reputation 
  • The Dutchman would win the world title if neither driver finished in Abu Dhabi  


Max Verstappen risks tarnishing his legacy and could be labelled an ‘unfair driver’ should his tactics in his tumultuous F1 world title battle with Lewis Hamilton continue, says Martin Brundle. 

The two drivers head into the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi this Sunday level on points after a Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in which Hamilton won and Verstappen was given two time penalties following clashes between the two of them. 

Yet Sky Sports F1 expert Brundle – while praising the Dutchman’s ‘driving skills and racing nous’ – explained his concern that a continuation of these controversial tactics could damage his legacy as he hunts his first world championship. 

The two drivers head into the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi this Sunday level on points

Max Verstappen risks tarnishing his legacy due to his tactics with Lewis Hamilton, says Martin Brundle

Hamilton (back) crashed into the back of Verstappen (front) during Sunday's Saudi Arabia GP

Hamilton (back) crashed into the back of Verstappen (front) during Sunday’s Saudi Arabia GP

Martin Brundle explained his concern that a continuation of these controversial tactics could damage Verstappen's legacy

Martin Brundle explained his concern that a continuation of these controversial tactics could damage Verstappen’s legacy

‘Such is Max’s car control and cunning he’s sometimes able to pull off the audacious moves and leave a margin of doubt as to whether it’s hard racing or simply a professional foul outside of the regulations,’ Brundle said in his Sky Sports column. 

‘And it’s those moments, such as the infamous turn four in Brazil, which are generating the confusion, controversies and inconsistencies. 

‘I’m in awe of Verstappen’s driving skills and racing nous, and have championed him since the Chinese Grand Prix of 2015 when he was in the Toro Rosso. 

‘His touch and control behind the wheel is something to behold, but it saddens me that he’s resorting to such tactics, he’s better than that.

‘And for all his outwardly carefree attitude it will be such a shame if his legacy is to be labelled as an unfair driver.

‘Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher had their faults too, and I was on the receiving end from both of them on occasions, but it’s a sizeable dent on their immense reputations, not a positive’

By virtue of having more race wins than seven-time world champion Hamilton – nine to eight – Verstappen would win the title if neither driver finished the race in Abu Dhabi this Sunday. 

This has led to speculation that Verstappen could plunge to ramming his rival off the track, while his dad Jos admitted that his son would do ‘everything’ to win the world title.  

Red Bull ace Verstappen's dad Jos admitted his son would do 'everything' to get the win

Red Bull ace Verstappen’s dad Jos admitted his son would do ‘everything’ to get the win

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