According to reports, Liberty Media has asked Red Bull to find a skilled driver to join Max Verstappen in the upcoming season, aiming to enhance the competitiveness between teammates. However, Lewis Hamilton recently made a comment that diminishes Verstappen’s superiority and criticizes Sergio Perez. Hamilton claimed that Verstappen has never had a teammate as formidable as his own teammate, Valtteri Bottas.
According to a statement by Hamilton, shared on Twitter by @RBR_Daily, he believes that both Valtteri and his teammates have outperformed Max’s teammates. This suggests that Bottas was better than Perez and implies that Verstappen does not face the same level of competition within his team as Hamilton does.
Toto Wolff, the head of the Mercedes team, was also confused by the difference between Verstappen and Perez. He supported Perez and criticized Red Bull, implying that they focus more on Verstappen by designing the car around him. Wolff clarified that Perez has to put in more effort to drive the car, whereas it comes more effortlessly to Verstappen. He defended Perez by saying he is not foolish and characterized the gap as uncommon.
Wolff’s defense of Perez was captured in a tweet by @formularacers_, which quotes him as saying, “The difference with Perez is bizarre, and Checo isn’t an idiot. I cannot understand it.”
The article questions the significance of Hamilton’s statement and his attempt to undermine Verstappen’s dominance. It also highlights Wolff’s defense of Perez and his criticism of Red Bull’s approach to team dynamics.